***To the prude who reported my post, eat my hairy ass. I had to retake the photo wearing underwear like it’s fucking Victorian England*** Hi, Dad here & welcome back to my reading nook!! Today I bring you two of the oldest surviving texts on astrology, Astronomica by Manilius & Tetrabiblos by Ptolemy.
The Astronomica was probably written by Marcus Manilius between 10-20AD, but could have been written as early as 90BC. Manilius claims to be the first person to write about astrology, having been inspired by the god Mercury. For him, astrology is a rational science and closely tied to stoicism; through studying the stars, we can learn about the will of the one god who governs the cosmos. This epic poem is an interesting blend between poetics and geometric analysis: Manilius takes great strides to convert the mathematics of astrology into perfect hexameter verse. Throughout the five books, he maps the zodiac, and explains how to determine and interpret one’s chart.
Ptolemy’s Tetrabiblos was written between 145AD and 168AD, between his completion of the Almagest, his work on astronomy, and his death. Ptolemy believed that, before one can study astrology, one must first have a complete understanding of astronomy, and that astronomy without astrology was mathematics without interpretation, which is to say, meaningless. What’s interesting about the Tetrabiblos is Ptolemy’s arguments for the validity of the science and its connection of Aristotlean philosophy. Book one contains his philosophical arguments, books two his description of the zodiac, and the last two books his method of interpritetion. #horoscope #daddy #calvinklein #ptolemy #loeb #antiquity #erotica #astronomy #books #booklovers #classics #bibliophile #manilius #latin #zodiac #greek #astrology #kink #bodypositive #sexpositive #tattoo #amreading