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The Resource Disclosure and discretion in Roman astrology : Manilius and his Augustan contemporaries, Steven J. Green

Disclosure and discretion in Roman astrology : Manilius and his Augustan contemporaries, Steven J. Green

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Disclosure and discretion in Roman astrology : Manilius and his Augustan contemporaries
Title
Disclosure and discretion in Roman astrology
Title remainder
Manilius and his Augustan contemporaries
Statement of responsibility
Steven J. Green
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Author
Subject
Language
  • eng
  • lat
  • eng
Summary
In light of modern scepticism towards the practice, it is easy to overlook just how important a role astrology played in the career of Rome's first Emperor, Augustus. Augustus' enthusiasm for employing astrological predictions and symbols to cement his own position of power was matched by an equally forceful desire to restrict their use by his political rivals. Astrology in Rome was, then, to use Tacitus' neat formulation, both "forbidden and maintained" (Tacitus, Histories, 1.22). This volume is the first to take seriously this imperial complex as a key to understanding the diverse ways in which contemporary commentators handle the volatile topic of astrology in their writings. It shows how Roman writers engage in elaborate discourses of discretion as they simultaneously celebrate the power of astrology and shy away from the sort of astrological revelations that might offend imperial sensibilities. With a particular focus on the key astrological poem of Manilius, this study provides a new conceptual framework in which to appreciate the complex treatments of astrology during the period of Octavian/Augustus.--Provided by publisher
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1973-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Green, Steven J.
Dewey number
133.50937
Index
index present
Language note
Text in English and Latin
LC call number
PA6500.M6
LC item number
G74 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Astrology in literature
  • Astronomy, Ancient, in literature
  • Astrology, Roman
  • Manilius, Marcus
  • Augustus
  • Manilius, Marcus
  • Augustus
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Disclosure and discretion in Roman astrology : Manilius and his Augustan contemporaries, Steven J. Green
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Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-213) and indexes
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Manilius' Astronomica -- The Rise of Roman astrology and Caesar's comet -- Astrology for the Augustan age
Control code
885521141
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 225 pages
Isbn
9780199646807
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)885521141
Label
Disclosure and discretion in Roman astrology : Manilius and his Augustan contemporaries, Steven J. Green
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 198-213) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Manilius' Astronomica -- The Rise of Roman astrology and Caesar's comet -- Astrology for the Augustan age
Control code
885521141
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 225 pages
Isbn
9780199646807
Isbn Type
(hbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)885521141

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