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Roger Beck – A Brief History Of Ancient Astrology

A Brief History of Ancient Astrology explores the theory and practice of astrology from Babylon to Ancient Greece and Rome and its cultural and political impact on ancient societies.

  • Discusses the union between early astrology and astronomy, in contrast to the modern dichotomy between science and superstition.
  • Explains the ancient understanding of the zodiac and its twelve signs, the seven planets, and the fixed circle of ‘places’ against which the signs and planets revolve.
  • Demonstrates how to construct and interpret a horoscope in the ancient manner, using original ancient horoscopes and handbooks.
  • Considers the relevance of ancient astrology today.

Review

“[Beck’s] writing is clear, lively and accessible; concepts and technical details are well explained…” (The Classical Review, Vol 58 No. 1 2008)

“This is a work likely to entice readers to further pursue the subject … Recommended.” (Choice)

“Roger Beck’s book does credit to the author: It is clear, and, possibly most importantly, it gives its reader a taste of what the study of ancient astrology may be like … Should one look for an introduction to the extremely complex field of study, Roger Beck’s book is an excellent choice.” (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)

“Written in a charming colloquial style in which the personal voice of the author is present throughout, full of well-intentioned examples from ancient sources, and furnished with useful diagrams, Beck’s book is extremely user friendly … A book that does an excellent job at enabling non-specialists (such as classicists and ancient historians) to grasp both the science that underlies ancient astrology and the mentality that drove it.” (Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science)

Review

“Beck’s account is eloquent, compelling, and accessible – even when dealing with technical aspects of horoscopy; it will be of consequence to all those interested in astral symbolism, in semiotics, or in the mentality underlying classical thought.”
Luther H. Martin, University of Vermont

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