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Excursus: The Esoteric Quartering, a Lost Helicoidal Model of Lunar Motion, and the Origin of the ‘Winds’ and ‘Steps’ of the Moon. The Identity of ‘Antiochus the Athenian’

ROGER BECK

in The Religion of the Mithras Cult in the Roman Empire

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199216130
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191712128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216130.003.0011
Excursus: The Esoteric Quartering, a Lost Helicoidal Model of Lunar Motion, and the Origin of the ‘Winds’ and ‘Steps’ of the Moon. The Identity of ‘Antiochus the Athenian’

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This chapter is an ‘Excursus’ that addresses certain matters in the history of ancient astronomy and astrology, and that were prompted by Mithraism's ‘esoteric quartering’ of the zodiac. Matters considered are: a (postulated) lost helicoidal model of lunar motion; the origin of the ‘winds’ and ‘steps’ of the Moon; finally, the identity of the astrologer Antiochus of Athens.

Keywords: astronomy; astrology; esoteric quartering; helicoidal motion; Moon's winds; Moon's steps; Antiochus of Athens

Chapter.  7774 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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