The Comet of 44 B.C. and Caesar's Funeral Games

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Scholars Press, 1997 - History - 236 pages
This unique collaboration between a classicist and physicist at the University of Illinois at Chicago is the first work to combine the evidence from both China and Rome for the spectacular daylight comet of 44 BC, perhaps the most famous comet in antiquity. This investigation, which also examines allusions to this comet in astrological literature from later antiquity, sheds new light on the significance of the comet as a powerful symbol in the political propaganda that launched Augustus' career.
 

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Contents

ABBREV1AT1ONS
1
THE PREVA1L1NG V1EW OF THE CELEBRAT1ON
19
THE TRANSFORMAT1ON OF THE LUD1 VENERlS
41
THE ANC1ENT ACCOUNTS OF THE COMET OF 44 B C
61
THE TROUBL1NG S1LENCE OF OUR SOURCES
95
THE PROBABLE ORB1T OF COMET CAESAR
119
THE 1NTERPRETAT1ON
135
APPEND1CES
155
B1BL1OGRAPHY 199
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A. Lewis Licht is at both at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

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