Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius Astronomica

Hardcover | April 10, 2011

EditorSteven J. Green, Katharina Volk

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The Astronomica of Manilius is a poem in five books, at least partly written under the Emperor Augustus, which purports to teach the reader the art of astrology and the means by which an accurate horoscope may be cast. It is, therefore, a text from the classical age of Roman literature whichdeals with a topic to whose enduring popular interest any daily Western newspaper will testify. And yet, despite some notable modern exceptions, the infamously harsh verdict of Manilius' most ardent modern critic, A. E. Housman, continues to cast an imposing shadow on the poem. Forgotten Stars seeks to lift this shadow once and for all, as it brings together an international contingent of scholars to analyse this dynamic poem from a variety of perspectives. Matters of literary interest are complemented by approaches which assess the work's socio-political, philosophical,scientific, and astrological resonance, as well as its influence on later Renaissance writers.

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The Astronomica of Manilius is a poem in five books, at least partly written under the Emperor Augustus, which purports to teach the reader the art of astrology and the means by which an accurate horoscope may be cast. It is, therefore, a text from the classical age of Roman literature whichdeals with a topic to whose enduring popular ...

Dr. Steven J. Green is Senior Lecturer in Classics at the University of Leeds. Katharina Volk is Associate Professor of Classics at Columbia University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.01 inPublished:April 10, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199586462

ISBN - 13:9780199586462

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1. Katharina Volk: Introduction: A century of Manilian scholarshipI. Intellectual and scientific backdrop2. Elaine Fantham: More sentiment than science: Roman stargazing before and after Manilius3. Thomas Habinek: Manilius' conflicted Stoicism4. Daryn Lehoux: Myth and explanation in ManiliusII. Integrity and consistency5. John Henderson: Watch this space (getting round book 1: 215-46)6. Wolfgang-Rainer Mann: On two Stoic 'paradoxes' in Manilius7. Katharina Volk: Manilian self-contradiction8. Steven J. Green: Arduum ad astra: The poetics and politics of horoscopic failure in Manilius' AstronomicaIII. Metaphors9. Wolfgang Hubner: Tropes and figures: Manilian style as a reflection of astrological tradition10. Duncan F. Kennedy: Sums in verse or a mathematical aesthetic?11. Patrick Glauthier: Census and commercium: Two economic metaphors in ManiliusIV. Didactic digressions12. Monica R. Gale: Digressions, intertextuality, and ideology in didactic poetry: The case of Manilius13. Josephe-Henriette Abry: Cosmos and imperium: Politicized digressions in Manilius' Astronomica14. James Uden: A song from the universal chorus: The Perseus and Andromeda epyllionV. Reception15. Enrico Flores: Augustus, Manilius, and Claudian16. Caroline Stark: Renaissance reception of Manilius' anthropology17. Stephan Heilen: Lorenzo Bonincontri's reception of Manilius' chapter on comets (Astr. 1.809-926)