Astronomicon

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Cambridge University Press, May 19, 2011 - Foreign Language Study - 254 pages
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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 5 (which is unfinished) describes the non-zodiacal signs and their influence.
 

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Contents

Section 1
v
Section 2
xxxviii
Section 3
xlvii
Section 4
1
Section 5
6
Section 6
7
Section 7
8
Section 8
10
Section 18
56
Section 19
61
Section 20
68
Section 21
69
Section 22
72
Section 23
73
Section 24
80
Section 25
90

Section 9
33
Section 10
35
Section 11
37
Section 12
39
Section 13
41
Section 14
42
Section 15
50
Section 16
51
Section 17
55
Section 26
92
Section 27
93
Section 28
94
Section 29
96
Section 30
100
Section 31
148
Section 32
155
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A. E. Housman was born in Fockbury, Worcestershire, England on March 26, 1859. In 1877, he attended St. John's College, Oxford and received first class honours in classical moderations. He worked as clerk in the Patent Office in London for ten years. During this time he studied Greek and Roman classics intensively, and in 1892 was appointed professor of Latin at University College, London. In 1911 he became professor of Latin at Trinity College, Cambridge, a post he held until his death. He only published two volumes of poetry during his lifetime: A Shropshire Lad and Last Poems. He died on April 30, 1936. A third volume, More Poems, was released posthumously in 1936 by his brother as was an edition of Housman's Complete Poems in 1939.

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