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    Astronomica (Lcl, 469) (Hardback)(English / Latin) By (author) Marcus Manilius, Translated by G.P. Goold

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    DescriptionMarcus Manilius, who lived in the reigns of Augustus and Tiberius, is the author of the earliest treatise on astrology we possess. His "Astronomica, " a Latin didactic poem in five books, begins with an account of celestial phenomena, and then proceeds to treat of the signs of the zodiac and the twelve temples; there follow instructions for calculating the horoscoping degree, and details of chronocrators, decans, injurious degrees, zodiacal geography, paranatellonta, and other technical matters. Besides exhibiting great virtuosity in rendering mathematical tables and diagrams in verse form, the poet writes with some passion about his Stoic beliefs and shows much wit and humour in his character sketches of persons born under particular stars. Perhaps taking a lead from Virgil in his "Georgics, " Manilius abandons the proportions of his last book to narrate the story of Perseus and Andromeda at considerable length. In spite of its undoubted elegance, the "Astronomica" is a difficult work, and this edition provides in addition to the first English prose translation a full guide to the poem, with copious explanatory notes and illustrative figures.

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    By (author) Marcus Manilius, Translated by G.P. Goold
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 492
    Width: 120 mm
    Height: 180 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 336 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674995161
    ISBN 10: 0674995163

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: HIS
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.0
    BIC subject category V2: HB
    Ingram Subject Code: LC
    Libri: I-LC
    B&T General Subject: 710
    DC18: 520
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: OCC002000
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    BISAC V2.8: SCI004000
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    DC22: 133.5/0937
    LC classification: PA6500.M5 E5 1977
    DC22: 133.50937
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    LC classification: BF1674
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    Thema V1.0: NH
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    Publication date
    01 March 1978
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
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    Perhaps the most ingenious...of Latin poets [is here translated by] a distinguished Latinist, deeply versed in celestial lore...[Manilius] is faithfully conveyed in a style both lucid and elegant.--D. R. Shackleton Bailey "Classical Philology "