The Fated Sky: Astrology in History

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Simon and Schuster, Nov 14, 2006 - History - 384 pages
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From ancient times to the present day, astrology has captured the imagination -- is it possible that human fate is influenced by the stars? Astrologers throughout the ages have advised the powerful, from popes to presidents to royalty, and their influence can be seen as a hidden history behind the great events of the past. In The Fated Sky, historian Benson Bobrick writes the first serious history of astrology and takes a fascinating look at its origins and impact on human events.

Astrology is the origin of science itself, as astronomy, mathematics, and other disciplines arose in part to make possible the calculations necessary in casting horoscopes. In earlier times, it was a science that won the respect and allegiance of the greatest thinkers and rulers of the ancient world, and eventually claimed adherents among the great astronomers of the scientific revolution -- Copernicus, Kepler, and Newton among them. Statesmen such as Churchill and de Gaulle consulted astrologers, and St. Thomas Aquinas thought astrology not incompatible with Christian doctrine. It is even said the Incas submitted to the Spanish conquistadors without a fight because their arrival coincided with an astrological prophecy. And astrology permeates our cultural consciousness, from references in the Bible and Shakespeare to expressions such as "ill-starred" or "lucky stars."

Rich in historical anecdote and astrological lore, The Fated Sky shows us that while the true power of astrology may be open to debate, the belief in its power has been -- and continues to be -- an enduring and intriguing influence on history and the history of ideas.
 

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Bobrick (Fight for Freedom: The American Revolutionary War ) has given us a history of "the science of the heavens" from Sumerian civilization (c.3500 B.C.E.) to the present. Unfortunately, much space ... Read full review

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One of the finest books available on the topic. A must read for astrophiles seeking antiquity; you will be dazzled on every page. The author writes with a perfectly balanced expose of intelligence, character, profoundity, and delight - which transcend its means. The reader will savor and rejoice.
-- J. Ledzion
 

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
3
Section 3
15
Section 4
27
Section 5
61
Section 6
77
Section 7
121
Section 8
150
Section 11
219
Section 12
239
Section 13
241
Section 14
266
Section 15
297
Section 16
311
Section 17
323
Section 18
343

Section 9
175
Section 10
199

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About the author (2006)

Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed works, including Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired and Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution. In 2002 he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He and his wife, Hilary, live in Vermont.

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