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Aratus and the Astronomical Tradition

Emma Gee


This book is a study of a Hellenistic didactic poem, the Phaenomena, written by Aratus in c.276 BC, and of its reception, primarily in the Roman period up to the fourth century AD. Aratus’ poem about the stars and weather-signs immediately acquired a popularity baffling to the modern reader; it was translated into Latin many times between the first century BC and the Renaissance, and carried lasting influence outside its immediate genre. This book answers the question of Aratus’ popularity by looking at the poem in the light of Western cosmology. It argues that the Phaenomena is the ideal vehi ... More

Keywords: ancient literature, ancient science, ancient astronomy, Greek, Latin, ancient philosophy and cosmology, ancient didactic poetry, ancient epic poetry, Renaissance humanism and science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199781683
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199781683.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emma Gee, author
University of St Andrews