Astronomicon: Volume 3, Liber Tertius, Volume 3

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Cambridge University Press, Nov 18, 2011 - History - 112 pages
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A. E. Housman's five-volume critical edition of Marcus Manilius's Astronomicon has long been regarded as the definitive work on the subject. The task of bringing the edition together was one of considerable proportion which took Housman twenty-seven years to complete. It is now considered one of his most enduring and important contributions to scholarship. This volume contains the Latin text of the third book of Manilius, first published in 1916, and then reissued in a second edition by the Cambridge University Press in 1937. It offers a short note by A. S. F. Gow regarding the alterations, as well as a preface by Housman in which he discusses the astrological content of the work and notes the errors and misinterpretations of previous editors.

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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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