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Disclosure and Discretion in Roman Astrology: Manilius and his Augustan Contemporaries

Steven J. Green


In light of modern scepticism towards the practice, it is easy to underestimate how important a role horoscopic astrology played in ancient Rome. Entering the city from around the 3rd century BC onwards, astrology took hold gradually in Rome to assume its position as primary mode of divination by the early imperial period. The present study centres on a critical period in the development of horoscopic astrology at Rome, broadly speaking from 44 BC to AD 16, and the particular role that Octavian/Augustus played in putting the science at the heart of Roman political life. The ancient evidence po ... More

Keywords: astrologer, astrology, Augustus, divination, horoscope, Manilius, Octabian, Rome

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199646807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steven J. Green, author
Honorary Research Fellow, University College London