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Late Classical Astrology: Paulus Alexandrinus and Olympiodorus (New)

by Greenbaum, Dorian Gieselr

Publisher: ARHAT (Robert Hand)

Binding: Spiral or comb-bound

Book ID: ARHA01, ARHA01


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Late Classical Astrology: Paulus Alexandrinus and Olympiodorus contains works which offer the most complete look at the Astrology of late Classical Antiquity. It shows this tradition just on the verge of making the leap to the Medieval Arabic world in which it was combined with Persian and Indian traditions. From this came the synthesis that gave rise to the Astrology of Medieval Europe, the immediate ancestor of modern Western Astrology. No other body of Greek texts gives quite this view of Astrology in transition.

This is the third translation of Paulus' Introduction, but this is the first time that the work has been published along with the commentaries of later Greek astrologers as well as the extensive commentary now attributed to Olympiodorus, a noted Neoplatonist of early sixth century Alexandria. The Olympiodorus work is itself as extensive as the Introduction of Paulus to which it was to serve as commentary. The Paulus by itself has proven to be a rather terse and unclear work which is of limited value by itself as an introduction to late Greek astrology, but when it is combined with the scholia and the Olympiodorus Commentary, we have a much more complete description of this school of astrology.

178 Pages in a large 8.5 x 11 inch format

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