Both the author and the date of this five-volume poem, the first Western document to link the houses of the zodiac with the course of human affairs, are uncertain. The author's name may be Marcus Manilius, or Manlius, or Mallius, and the latest datable event mentioned in the books themselves is the disastrous defeat of Varus' Roman legions by the German tribes in 9 CE. The writing shows knowledge of the work of Lucretius, but the work is not referred to by any subsequent writer, suggesting that it was never widely disseminated. A manuscript was rediscovered by Poggio Bracciolini in 1416 or 1417, and editions were produced by Scaliger and Bentley, but this immensely erudite edition of 1903-1930 by the scholar and poet A. E. Housman (1859-1936) is regarded as authoritative. Volume 2 describes the signs of the zodiac, their characteristics and their subdivisions.
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Alex Aquarius Aries Aries Taurus Arietis Bechertus Bentleio Bentleius Bonincontrius Breiterus Cancer Cancer Scorpius Cancri Cancrum Capricornus Centaurus Fayus Firm Firmicus Flor Gemini Heph Iacobus Iunius Iuppiter Libra Lucr Ludw Maia Manilio Manilius Maxim Ouid Paul Phoebus Pingraeus Pisces Ptol Regiomontanus Ries Sagittarius Scaliger Scorpius Sext Taurus Theb Verg Vergilius Vesta Vett Virgo aduersa anth astra astris astro astrum autumnus caeli caelo caelum called cardines cardo cuius degree deleuit deus dicitur diuersa dodecatemorium dodecatemory fastigia first four horoscopo ilia isag libri locus mundum natura neque nunc omnibus orbem partes phaen poeta positum quaeque quamquam quattuor recte sicut sidera sign signis signo signorum silu sine sint siue sorte tamen tempora tetr totidem trigonum turn uelut uerba uerbis uerborum uero uersibus uersu uide uidetur uires uiribus uisus uitae verse zodiac