Imagery and Narrative in an Ancient Horoscope
P.Lond. 130 (Greek Horoscopes No. 81)
Keywords:horoscopes, ancient astrology, narrative, poetic astronomy, narratology
In a Greek papyrus horoscope from the first century CE, highly elaborate descriptions of planetary journeyings have replaced the usual matter-of-fact listing of celestial longitudes. An analysis of the horoscope’s language and narrative form demonstrates how ancient astrologers understood the stars and planets as agents that communicate by their appearances, configurations, and motions.
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Neugebauer, O., and H.B. van Hoesen. 1987. Greek Horoscopes (Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society, 48; Philadelphia: American Philosophical Society).
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