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Introduction

Katharina Volk

in Forgotten Stars

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9780199586462
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191724961 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199586462.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter provides an overview of scholarship on Manilius’ Astronomica from the early twentieth century onward. After a discussion of editions and textual studies beginning with Housman, it considers the controversy over the Astronomica’s date (Augustan, Tiberian, or both?), before turning to scholarly work on Manilius’ political context; world view, astrology, and philosophy; genre, poetics, and intertextuality; and later reception. The chapter concludes with a section of suggested further readings, aimed at readers who are approaching the Astronomica for the first time.

Keywords: ancient philosophy; astrology; Augustus; history of scholarship; Housman; Manilius; textual criticism; Tiberius

Chapter.  3792 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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