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Disclosure and Discretion in Roman AstrologyManilius and his Augustan Contemporaries$
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Steven J. Green

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199646807

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646807.001.0001

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Concession, Abstinence and Abortion

Concession, Abstinence and Abortion

Horace, Virgil, Hyginus and Ovid

(p.119) 7 Concession, Abstinence and Abortion
Disclosure and Discretion in Roman Astrology

Steven J. Green

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at a range of Augustan authors and their handling of astrology. The pro-active discretionary stance towards disclosure of astrological knowledge established by Vitruvius (chapter 6) proves popular with authors such as Horace, Virgil, Hyginus and Ovid, who either offer direct warnings to others against the consultation of astrologers (Horace, Virgil’s Aeneid) or actively showcase their avoidance of the topic altogether in a variety of ways (Hyginus, Ovid’s Fasti).

Keywords:   Aeneid, astrologer, astrology, Fasti, Horace, Hyginus, Ovid, Virgil

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