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Manilius and his Intellectual Background

Katharina Volk


This book describes the Latin astrological poet Marcus Manilius. Manilius, about whose life nothing is known, composed his didactic poem Astronomica in the second decade of the 1st century AD. The work is our earliest extant comprehensive treatment of astrology, a discipline developed in Hellenistic Greece under the influence of Near Eastern practices that had become highly fashionable in Rome during the final years of the Republic. Apparently without much impact in his own lifetime and the rest of antiquity, Manilius was rediscovered in the Renaissance and has received numerous editions over ... More

Keywords: astrology, astronomy, cosmology, didactic poetry, Greece, Latin poetry, Manilius, Rome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199265220
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199265220.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Katharina Volk, author
Associate Professor, Department of Classics, Columbia University
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