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Or entomomancy? On a more serious note, certain famous presidential Americans did assign astrology, and other pseudo-sciences, some credibility. Caesar may or may not be a god, but Bernie definitely did not win the nomination, with all due respect to that bird. Astrology is a pseudo-science, but to the layperson — myself included — FiveThirtyEight is just a colorful map with numbers that either scare or soothe. No, not George Clooney. The other stars. Pluto is a very slow moving planet not a planet! Yes a planet! What might the stars tell us about the candidates?

Strengths : Resourceful, brave, passionate, stubborn, a true friend. Weaknesses : Distrusting, jealous, secretive, violent. Strengths : Creative, passionate, generous, warm-hearted, cheerful, humorous. Weaknesses : Arrogant, stubborn, self-centered, lazy, inflexible. Strengths : Generous, idealistic, great sense of humor. Weaknesses : Promises more than can deliver, very impatient, will say anything no matter how undiplomatic. Strengths : Compassionate, artistic, intuitive, gentle, wise, musical.

Weaknesses : Fearful, overly trusting, sad, desire to escape reality, can be a victim or a martyr.

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Classicist Tamsyn Barton emphasizes that the polyvalency of horoscopes is what made the science so popular among Romans: astrologers were careful, she argues, to be vague enough that subjects could find something they liked in their horoscope. Does this strategy obtain? Think long and hard about how you read the above horoscopes. Did you allow your own political bias to influence how much value you attributed to the purported strengths of the candidate you support?

I switched their information. The Wall Street Journal investigated this issue at the end of September, but, for some reason, neither campaign deigned to comment. The solution most astrologers have arrived at? Cast both charts and pick the one that seems to conform best with their assessment of her personality or prospects. Arlene Nimark, interviewed by the WSJ, thinks that the lack of birth information is itself proof of which chart is accurate:.

They play things close to the chest. But Robert Wilkinson another internet astrologer offers this note of caution:. Nothing is perhaps more uncertain than ourselves cue the Delphic Oracle: know thyself. Not an easy order to follow. Perhaps this is why a great deal of astrology deals not with predicting the future, but analyzing the present: who am I? Why do I do the things I do? Which Stranger Things character am I? Gorgias, f. Eisler, op. Tannery, Rcchcrchcs stir Vhistoire de Iastronomie ancienne, ch.

Both scientists did, Viilars et Fils. Les noms grecs de lastronomie, Revue de Philologie 73, 3rd ser. Xot until the age of Newton, however, small but growing number of aristocratic Roman did this readopted term definitely exclude irrational humanists, but also scholarly works, especially in the offshoots like scientific astrology. Simultaneously, however, a wave of eastern minds of scholars and laymen alike tended to l e accepted cults inundated Italy, some of them star cults.

Their bv a growing number of people as the scientific, the chief appeal at first was with the lower Roman strata. The arguments in its There too astrologers found their first devoted clientele.

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The vital effect of the Not until the last century of the republic did they suc sun upon terrestrial life was obvious and was constantly ceed in winning over Rome's upper class. In the end, cited as incontrovertible evidence of astral influence however, not scientific astrology but a star cult, sunacross space.

Painstaking and prolonged observations worship. So strong In essence the principles on which these theories rested was the belief in the Invincible Sun Sol Invictus 17 were scientifically valid. His famous patible with his pro-Christian sympathies to authorize his own portrayal as Helios. And in the ascendant Fata regunt orbem, certa stant omnia lege! Constantius II. Fatalistic January 6 to December 25, in order to combat the astrology thus two thousand years ago preached the pagan Sun gods popularity his birthday being mechanistic creed that cause-and-effect relations alone December The story of star worship in the Roman empire has determined organic, as well as anorganic processes com pletely, and beyond that sphere also all human thought been competently dealt with by a number of modern and action.

In spite of such Simon-pure rationalism scholars, especially F. Greek astrologers the late Roman republic, and particularly under the for example were responsible for the eventual identifi principate, does not yet seem to have attracted the de cation of all planets with specific deities, while in pre- tailed attention it deserves. It therefore became the Heilenistic Mesopotamia only some, but by no means object of this study.

Inevitably related activities, in all, planets had been associated with divinities. Eventually, however, a standardized system empire will form our main topic of discussion. U lti mately one simply identified each planet with its par wavered between accepting Chaldaean. Mesopo ticular divinity, for example, Hermes. The Latin terminology of this invention of astrology. Mercury, Venus.

Mars, Jupiter, and in the strictest sense of the word. The third century b.

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But even for explosive development of Hellenistic astrology took place. Compare H. Usener, Sol invictus, Rheinisches Museum, It was the very time at which the first serious interest : ; F. La celebration du Natalis Invicti en 14 Fur instance in the writings of the Alexandrian Pappus fourth century a. Librairie orientaliste. Paul Geuthner, Leipzig, Th. Weicher, La theologie solaire du paganisme romain, Ac. Putnam's Sons, ; Le mysticisme astral dans l'antiquite. Librairie orientaliste, Paul Geuthner, Prezodiacal astrology, i.

Omens of this type were common, but, after the evolu tion of horoscopal astrology, came to be frowned upon by scientific Chaldaean astrologers. Ishtar-shumerish, Nabuachiriba, Nabu-shumishku, and Nergaletir. They had no known Egyptian predeces sors or contemporaries. Mesopotamian astronomy did not arrive at a firmly established zodiacal system until the middle of the fifth century b. On the other hand, for a long time astronomical observations had been made in Babylonia, for instance about the appearance of Venus and the positions of this and certain other planets in relation to each other.

Sun and moon were of course included among the planets. Eventually the technique of de scribing a planets position by means of the particular zodiacal sign in which it was at the time could not but further the evolution of horoscopal astrology. Inasmuch as the zodiacal system had been established only a short time before, this horoscope clearlv belongs to the earliest period of horoscopal astrology.

Although a gap of almost one and a half. No parallel phenomenon took place in Egypt during this era. In view of the relatively late date at which zodiacal astrology liecame possibleduring the time of the Peloponnesian war in Greecea long-stand ing dispute alxmt the time when the Hellenic world first became aware of oriental astrology is reduced to the question to what extent Greek intellectuals familiarized themselves with this recent Mesopotamian development during the century preceding the death of Alexander the Great d. Prior to the recent computa tion of the above-mentioned dates the division of opinion had greater leeway.

An earlier view assigned the in vasion of the Greek world by astrology to the time of Alexander. Fatalistic horoscopal astrology developed even in Mesopotamia only after the establishment of the zodiacal system, towards the end of the fifth century b. The infiltration of some knowledge of Mesopotamian developments towards horo scopal astrology is quite probable.

It would merely con stitute part of the natural contact between Greek and oriental civilizations. Taken in this general sense the claims of later authors of antiquity may contain a grain of truth, although of course assertions like the one which insisted that Pythagoras was a disciple of the Chaldaean Zaratas Zoroaster;,-6 or that he himself was the author.

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Sachs has computed this day by means of the lunar longitude. Another cuneiform horoscope contains both the conception and the birth horoscopes, dating from March 17 and December IV ; published by F. Kugler, Sternkund: und Sterndienst in Babel. Schaumberger, ibid..

Another cuneiform horoscope, dating from June 3, b. IV Kugler, op. For this opinion see for example Riess in R E 2 : c. Sun, moon, and ;tars. Babylon und die griechische Astronomic. Xcuc Juhrb. This passage was written in the Augustan era. A elttste Spuren der Astrologie bei den Griechen. Babvlonian mathematical texts, Jour, cuneiform studies 1. Hermes Gressmann, Die hellenistisclte ; ; 6, Hippolytus, Elcnchus 1, 2. AB Campbell Thompson suggested Egyptian influence on Pythagoras ; cf. Aristarchus that the text was an astronomical note. H e published it m of Samos, the ancient Copernicus.

Library Oxford, pi. I- ti;. AB 2S1: Horoscope of April 29, b. I l l 22 : Horoscope of March 1, B. December 27, B. From A. M LC: Horoscope of April 4, b. IV : Horoscope of July 3. The tablets shown in figs. Sachs of Brown University. These illustrations and texts were published in his Babylonian Horoscopes, Jour, of Cuneiform Studies 6, 2. Nor should one make too much of the intensification of Greek cultural relations with the Orient during the era of the Persian wars. Even if " Chaldaean priests. But at any rate, in the age of Democritus and A nax agoras, Mesopotamian scholars established the fixed arrangement of constellations which we call the zodiac, whose earliest known appearance occurred in a cunei form text of b.

Already towards the end of the fifth century the study of astronomy had become an integral part of higher studies to such an extent that A ris tophanes in the Clouds b. Eos ou Platon et I'Orient, ch. Royale Bclg. For examples ot Pythagorean tracts, see Cat. One author Cat. Orphicorum fragmenta, ed. K ern : , On Pythagoras familiarity with oriental cosmology, s e e P. Duhem, Le systeme du mondc 1: , esp. H er mann et Fils, also E. Frank, Plato und die sogcnannten Pythagoracer, Halle.

Niemeyer, Frank's t h e s i s t h a t the Pythagorean Philolaus taught a complete astrological s y s t e m as early as the fifth century B. H ist. Cumont and J. Les mages hcllcnises. Ostancs, et Hystaspc, 2 v. Preisendanz in R E 18, 2, 1, c. Aulus Gellius, Delatte, Etudes sur la litterature pythagoricienne, Hautcs Etudes. About the relations between Pvthagorean and Orphic circles, see K. Ziegler, R E Boll, Die Erforschung der antiken Astrologie, Jahrh. Diels, Die Fragmentc der Vorsokratiker, ; ; The exact sciences.

Rehm, Parapegmastudien, Abh. Ak Phil. Socrates not only resented the charge of scientific atheism. During the life-time of Plato B. Plato might for example have learned about Chaldaean and Indian ideas on the immortality of the soul38 without necessarily ever leaving Greece. The whole problem in recent years has undergone a reappraisal, sometimes from purely extraneous motives. Simultaneously no fewer than four authors, most of them unaware of each others activities, have reinvesti gated P latos alleged oriental voyages.

Of these writers J. Bidez tended to accept the tradition of Plato's travels in the O rient. Festugiere showed himself more sceptical on this point,42 while J. Koster have completely denied not only the taking place of any such travels, but particularly in the case of Koster any oriental influence at all on Plato's phi losophy. The historical truth undoubtedly lies somewhere between the two extremes.

Clouds, esp. Cumont, Cat. Symposion, He did. Silanion sculpted i t ; Diogenes Laertius, 3, 25; compare on the matter A. Until a copy of this bust was in Berlin. F or example Strabo. The length of the alleged journeys varied from sixteen months to thirteen years. Bidez, Eos. Festugiere, op. Platon und dcr O rien t: 44 ff. Koster, Le mythc de Platon. Even without personal contact with eastern scholars, however, the Platonic circle would have had ample opportunity of familiarizing itself with oriental develop ments in the realms of astronomy, astrology, and cos mology.

Fanatical philhellenes most recently have of course denied any serious influence of this kind upon the Academic group or other contemporary Greek scholars. They have stressed the Greek contempt ot barbarian wisdom, characteristic for the declining era of Greek intellectual development. They are firm in their ridiculing the tradition ascribing the infiltration of oriental learning into the Greek world of the fourth century and before through extended travel of Greek scholars in the near east.

Eudoxus of Cnidus ca. Said Cicero from Greek sources : Let us now arrive at the performances of the Chaldaeans. On them Eudoxus, a student of Plato, who according to the judgment of the most learned men was by far the most eminent scholar in the field of astrologia. From the very text itself it is clear that, while paying due respect to other achievements of the Chal daeans, Eudoxus took exception only to their predic tions based on the day of birth.

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Such predictions may therefore have been merely the age-old omen astro logical ones of hemerology. W hether or not Eudoxus meant to refer to the then new development of horo scopal astrology cannot be decided on the basis of this isolated passage. The almost universal assertion there fore that Eudoxus knew and opposed astrology as such could safely apply only when the broadest possible definition of astrology is used. As evidence for a spe cific knowledge of horoscopal astrology on the part of See above, ch.

Compare Aristotle, de caelo 2, 12 f. Eudoxus the above passage cannot be quoted. Simi larly the Epinomis, added by the editor of Platos Laws, probably Philip of Opus,48 does not contain any passage which would allow us to assume with certaintv that Plato and his circle had been made familiar with horo scopal astrology. N or can any conclusions to that effect be drawn from the fact that another disciple of Plato, Heraclides of Pontus, was familiar with the arrange ment of the planets based on their revolutions.

Aristotle, the most illustrious heir of the Platonic legacy, expressed in his early writings the cosmological mysticism which characterized the late Academy. His subsequent drift towards rationalism can be clearly dis cerned by a comparison of his fragmentary early dia logue On philosophy with his later treatise On heaven. Assuredly, how ever, he did contribute to some extent to the evolution of some astrological concepts of the future. His em phasis for example on the importance of the sphere of the fixed stars would lend some support to subsequent astrological tenets.

Thus it became easier for astrologers to insist that the fixed stars, as well as the planets had as one of their chief functions the control of mundane affairs. Aristotelian teleology and his ac ceptance of the prevailing theories on comets also were subsequently used to give weight to astrological claims. The invasion and destruction of the Persian empire by Alexander the Great b. Later legend actually went so far as to insist Diogenes Laertius, 3, 37, stated that Philip finished the Laws.

His authorship of the Eptnomis, asserted by Suidas, is not uncontested. Philip of Opus was perhaps identical with Philip of Medma, a disciple of Plato and by him diverted to mathe m atics ; Proclus, in Euclid. I, ed. Friedlein: cf. Thomas, Selections illustrating the history of Greek mathematics, 1: Jaeger, Aristoteles, esp. Gundel, RE , 11, c. When he invaded the Persian realm, the Persian king's diviners were of course hard put to explain the conquerors successes.

The Chaldaeans for instance shrewdly warned Darius I II that the Persian empire would fall to those whose arms he had copied. W ith the successful conquest of the Persian em pire the relations between the Chaldaeans and their new ruler, Alexander, were soon established on a friendly basis. True to his cosmopolitan ideals, Alexander went out of his way to woo and cajole the influential priestly groups throughout his realm. In turn, the Chaldaeans, at least according to Hellenistic tradition, were willing to put their divinatory prowess at Alexander's disposal. Kroll, Alexanders Geburt im Roman.

The historical romance of Alexander is variously ascribed to the late Ptolemaic period or to the first century of our era. Alexander is blamed for the death of the astrologer whom the young princeat the age of twelveis said to have pushed off a wall in order to demonstrate to the scholar the futility of his astrological craft which had not forewarned " him of such a fate; compare on this episode A.

Krappe, Tiberius and Thrasyllus, Amer. Curtius Rufus, 3. Curtius Rufus, 5, 1, 19 and For the friendly relations between Alexander the Great and oriental priests, see for instance A rrian, 3, 16, S; 7, 11, 8; cj. Komemaim, Die. Diodorus described the scene, probablv fol lowing Ptolemy I s or Aristobulus account, in great flourish:. Babylon remained the topic of a standard classroom recitation. Seleucus fled to Ptolemy:. W hen [A lex an d e r] w as stadies from Babylon the so-called C haldaeans who have obtained the h ighest rep u tation in astrology being accustom ed to p redict the fu tu re on the basis of age-old observations chose from th eir m idst the oldest and m ost experienced men.

H e m ight, how ever, escape the dan g er, if he w ould rebuild the tomb of Belus w hich h ad been destroyed by the P ersian s if he then approached the city on the planned route. B ut then the Chaldaeans came to him and foretold th a t if he ever let Seleucus escape from his hands, the conse quence would be th a t all A sia w ould become su b ject to Seleucus. A lth o u g h A n tigonus w as a c custom ed to despise prophecies of this kind on o th er occa sions.

F o r they a re reputed to possess a g re a t deal of experience and to m ake the m ost ex act observations from the stars. Alexander, however, suspected that this was merely a ruse to prevent him from interfering with their ac tivities in Babylon. It dramatized the episode in typical fashion. Thus the head of the Chaldaean embassy, not daring to speak to Alexander directly, imparted his warning to the king's trusted friend, Nearchus, who in turn informed Alex ander.

The Macedonian, greatly perturbed, was unde cided what to do. Thereupon, Anaxarchus and some other Greek philosophers successfully prevailed upon him to shake off this weak-kneed faith in prophecies, especially Chaldaean ones, observing that if things were fixed by Fate, they were unknown to mortals, and if they were dependent upon the course of nature, were unchangeable.

This repu tation became so formidable that the emperor Septimius Severus a. Teubner, Diodorus, 17, , 2 ff. Justinus, 12, 13; in greater detail Diodorus, 17, , 3ff. Cassius Dio, ep. I t may be noted that the source of Diodorus mentioned the general scepticism of Antigonus in order to con trast it with his worried acceptance of the astrological warning. Similarly Antigonus foe. Seleucus Nicanor B. The Chaldaeans may have feared and rightly that Seleuceia would eventually eclipse Babylona development which led to the complete abandonment of the ancient metropolis in the first century.

H e thus evinced his belief in at least catarchic from the Greek aptf beginning astrology", which did not consider the influence of constellations as irrevokable, but merely as favorable or unfavorable to the success of specific human undertakings under a particular astral configuration. They gave him an unluckv hour as the time to lay the comer-stone. Had Seleuceia been founded according to their advice.

Fatalistic astrology as op posed to its catarchic sister was. T h e heralds who tried to stop them w ere not able to do so. T h a t w hich is fated, o king,. The concept that cities like kings and empires had a predictable future was a logical development of earlier Mesopotamian omen astrology and hemerology. The introduction of horoscopal astrology would necessarily add to those traditional techniques an emphasis on the constellation of the decisive moment, be it the moment of conception or birth for human beings, or the official founding of a new city.

Even if the- Seleucus incident were a later legend, the casting of city-horoscopes at the end of the Hellenistic era had become a recognized astrological technique. This was attested by Cicero and subsequently by Plutarch. They recorded the suc cessful attempt of L. Tarutius Firmanus. Even the most confirmed sceptic should allow that purely scientific enthusiasm for astronomy alone would hardly account for this phenomenon although the direct connection, if any, between astrology and this numis matic development still remains to be ascertained.

Seleucus was destined to found a city which would prosper. U, 9, 58; compare Diodorus, 2, 31, 2; BoucheLeclercq : , n. For another foundation of Seleucus. The city was allegedly officially founded on May 22, b. Bonn 8: F o r a sample of natal horoscopes of cities, see the horoscopes A rrian. See also note Astrology and religion: Anson, Xumismata Graeca 6: I f f. Vogt, Die 07 Strabo, 16, 1, 6 f. It gives a good idea of the astrological a. The gradual ascendancy of the sen cult was characteristics of this superstition. The author ascribed a deci reflected also in the coinage of the later Roman empire.

Karapxii, c. Coins decorated with the sun and various constellations. From L. Anson, Numismata Grncca, pt. The Ptolemies, in temples like the one at Esna, or the one at Denderah, reproduced what may be the earliest surviving examples of Egyptian starmaps. She had at first been be trothed to him by her father.

After his death her mother preferred a match between Berenice and Demetrius, son of Demetrius Poliorcetes. W hen the fiance arrived at Cyrene, however, he soon transferred his affections to his prospective mother-in-law. Berenice thereupon seems to have been an active participant in the plot which culminated in the assassination of Demetrius.

This happy event at last enabled her to m arry Ptolemy I II in b. Soon afterwards her husband went off on a Syrian campaign. The disconsolate bride vowed to sacrifice her far famed hair if he would only return safely. H e did, but was furious to find his wife sans cheveux. Upon hearing her story he called the priests, who were involved, to account, but they succeeded in calming the irate monarch.

They persuaded him that the curls had mysteriously vanished from the shrine, whereupon the astronomer, Conon, quickly chimed in by announcing to the king that he had discovered in the skies a new constellation, The hair of Berenice, which, he claimed, had just appeared between Virgo, Leo, the Big Dipper, and A rcturus. It is hardly de niable that Sudines must have mastered astrology as at least one of his divinatorv techniques. Not only the Selettcids. Lagids, Attalids sur rounded themselves with court astrologers, but for ex ample the dynasty of a small state like Commagene also gave ample proof of its belief in astrology.

Although our earliest evidence to that effect belongs to the very end of the Hellenistic era. A relief found in Samosata portrays a con junction of planets though without the moon in Leo. For a long time this constellation was thought to repre sent the conception horoscope of King Antiochus I Epiphanes of Commagene July 17, 97 B. In smaller numbers, but not insignificantly, orientals also migrated, choosing the Aegean and mainland Greek world as their new domi cile.

The infiltration of eastern ideas, already so notice able in the age of Plato and Aristotle, was of course not carried on solely through newcomers from the Orient. The founder of Stoicism, Zeno, coming to Athens from Cyprus on the very frontier of the two worlds, incor porated in his philosophy important oriental ideas, including for example the fundamental belief in pre destination. Not only man, but the universe and every thing in it were assumed to move according to the preconceived and immutable laws of Fate alias Nature. The rise of Stoicism in the Greek world greatly facili tated the growth of Hellenistic faith in the science of fatalist astrology.

The first oriental apostle according to Graeco-Roman tradition was a Babylonian priest, who left Mesopotamia to settle on the Greek island of Cos. His name was Berossus. He was credited with revealing to the Greek world the hitherto secret priestly astrology of Babylonia. Habib, the earliest Arabic w riter on astrology, may have followed Graeco-Roman custom when founding Bagdad at an "au sp icio u s moment; Suter, Die M athcmatiker und Astronotnen dcr Araber: 3, n.

Clarendon Press, ; O. Neugebauer, The exact sciences. A Latin version of Callimachus work was composed by Cf. Bouche-Leclercq : Catullus For an excellent modern presentation of the " O. Neugebauer and H. Rcdcn and forthcoming edition of Greek horoscopes. Vortracyc 1; ff.. Berlin, Weidmann, See below, the family trees, pp. Josephus, contra Apionem, 1, Schwarz, R E 3, c. Almost four hundred years later Vettius Valens still used his , no. Schnabel, lunar tables; Antholoyiac, 9, 11; ed. K roll: Berossus unquestionably was a man of considerable intelligence and learning. One may discard the legend which made him the father of the prophetic Sibyl, yet Plinv the Elder could report that Athens had honored Berossus with a golden-tongued statue on account of his divine prophecies.

T rue to what he seems to have considered his mission to impart to the Greeks the wisdom of his ancient homeland he wrote about b. Often mistakenly referred to as the Cltaldaika. The ancients seem to have considered this a thorough and scholarly work on Mesopotamian history. About a generation later another Babylonian, the al ready mentioned Chaldaean diviner Sudines, spent much of his time in Pergamum, capital of Attalus I, and not far from Cos. Like Berossus he too was far from being narrowly specialized.

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H is commentary of A ratus Phaenomena38 would still belong to the general sphere of astronomical philology. But more than three hundred years later the elder Pliny included Sudines also among his authorities for the nature and properties of pearls and precious stones like onyx, crystals, amber, chrvsophal, and astolos.

An interest in the natural and super natural properties of precious stones was not infrequent among astrologers. Thus, Tiberius friend, the astrolo ger Thrasyllus, for example, has also been credited with a lapidary. Even if Berossus was neither the first nor the only Babylonian to reveal the details of his priestly knowledge of horoscopal astrology to his Bi-rossos, ; F. Kugler, Sternkunde und Stem dienst in Babel, 2, 2: , Muenster, ISO , Antliologiae, 9, A ra tca : and Pliny, N at. Schnabel, Bcrossos: and ; Oder in Susemihl, Gcsch. Martin, Recherches sur les quatre personnages appeles Thrasyllus, Annali di science mathematiche, 8.

Reihe, 6, 1, c. Greek contemporaries, his name was the first one associated with such a trend. Two of his disciples in astrology were, according to Vitruvius, Antipatrus and Achinapolus. Scientific logic, however, began to insist that the moment of conception was the truly decisive one.

Practical difficulties, however, did not faze the two disciples of Berossus.

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For they were ardent champions of the conceptionist theory. T hat on occasion during that era astrological practice actually used this method also is shown by a cuneiform horo scope now in the British Museum. Compiled at the very time when Antipatrus and Achinapolus joined the conceptionist faction, it represents a compromise, using both March 17, b. He may therefore have been a contemporary of Antipatrus and Achinapolus, flourishing approximately between and b. H e was definitely believed to have been one of the pioneers of astrology in the Hellenistic world. For Vettius Valens ca.

I t contained a number of horoscopes which, if ,l Vitruvius, de architcctura, 9, 6, 2. Rose suggested that Achinapolos should read Athenodoros, a Stoic, but our three best mss. MB rit. IV , publ. Schaumberger, ibid. Boll-Bezold-Gundel: Boll, RE , 11, ; c. Anthologiac, ed. K ro ll: , 27; compare , In this text the name of Critodemus occurs first on They have, however, been computed by O.

Neugebauer and stem from the years a. One, the Horasis V ision , was composed in the popular form of this type of hellenistic literature. Like most hermetic writ ings the Horasis purported to reveal a divine visionary message. It was mentioned as late as the fourth century a. An earlier suggestion that he was a contemporary of Seneca and thus lived in the age of Nero a. Epigenes of Byzantium. The ascription may be of long standing. F o r an extant synkephalaiosis of a work of Critodemus lists a chapter on horoscopes which presumably would be the source of Vettius Valens Critodemian horoscopes; Cat.

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The ancient world. The same receptive rather than creative attitude prevailed in the realm of religion. Lefebure, Le tombcau dc Petosiris 1: 95 ff. In general, though, for the earliest Christian polemicists and theologians, astrology was incompatible with the faith for a number of reasons, mostly pertaining to the immorality of its fatalism. Stoic studies.

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