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Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius' Astronomica

ISBN : 9780199586462

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Author: 
Steven J. Green; Katharina Volk
Pages
432 Pages
Format
Hardcover
Size
161 x 222 mm
Pub date
Mar 2011
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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 which deals 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.

Index: 

1. Introduction: A century of Manilian scholarship
I. INTELLECTUAL AND SCIENTIFIC BACKDROP
2. More sentiment than science: Roman stargazing before and after Manilius
3. Manilius' conflicted Stoicism
4. Myth and explanation in Manilius
II. INTEGRITY AND CONSISTENCY
5. Watch this space (getting round book 1: 215-46)
6. On two Stoic 'paradoxes' in Manilius
7. Manilian self-contradiction
8. Arduum ad astra: The poetics and politics of horoscopic failure in Manilius' Astronomica
III. METAPHORS
9. Tropes and figures: Manilian style as a reflection of astrological tradition
10. Sums in verse or a mathematical aesthetic?
11. Census and commercium: Two economic metaphors in Manilius
IV. DIDACTIC DIGRESSIONS
12. Digressions, intertextuality, and ideology in didactic poetry: The case of Manilius
13. Cosmos and imperium: Politicized digressions in Manilius' Astronomica
14. A song from the universal chorus: The Perseus and Andromeda epyllion
V. RECEPTION
15. Augustus, Manilius, and Claudian
16. Renaissance reception of Manilius' anthropology
17. Lorenzo Bonincontri's reception of Manilius' chapter on comets (Astr. 1.809-926)

About the author: 

Steven J. Green, Senior Lecturer in Classics, University of Leeds; Katharina Volk, Associate Professor of Classics, Columbia University

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