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(IV.) HISTORY - The Imperial Planets

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« Reply #15 on: August 17, 2007, 03:32:59 pm »





Galba, who succeeded Nero, had been told by Tiberius on the evidence of his horoscope that he would one day be Emperor, but he does not seem to have been uncommonly impressed by astrology. Otho is said by Tacitus to have plotted against Galba with the support of astrologers who 'urged him to action, predicting from their observation of the heavens, revolutions and a year of glory'. Ptolemy Seleucus positively ordered Otho to seize the propitious moment, and was proved right: Galba was successfully killed, and Otho ascended the throne.

However, the Roman legions in Germany had proclaimed Vitellius Emperor, in the face of whose determined assault Otho crumpled, and killed himself.
Vitellius was not a follower of the planets, perhaps because the horoscope cast for him revealed that although he would become Emperor after a civil war, his reign would be brief. He continually said he did not believe this; and indeed it was a remarkable prediction to make, for there seemed little chance of its coming true. However, he did become Emperor (in 69), and although he expelled all astrologers by an edict passed a few days afterwards, and executed a number of them, he reigned only for three months.

During that short reign, Ptolemy Seleucus, who had got safely out of Rome, threw in his lot with Vespasian, plotting an uprising against Vitellius. Despite the fact that a comet appeared and two eclipses took place (to say nothing of the fact that several people saw two suns in the sky at the same time) Vespasian succeeded in becoming Emperor.

This was a good time for Balbillus to return from self-imposed exile, for he and Vespasian had been on good terms since they met at Nero's court (where Vespasian endeared himself to posterity by falling asleep during one of Nero's recitations, a comment that happily escaped the Emperor's notice).



Vespasian was as devoted to astrology as some of his predecessors. On the evidence of Cassius Dio, he 'consulted all the best of them', and not only showed special interest in what Balbillus had to say, but allowed games to be held at Ephesus in the astrologer's honour - the Great Balbillean Games were held until well into the 3rd century. He trusted Balbillus, and indeed Ptolemy Seleucus, so implicitly that when it was discovered that Mettius Pompusianus, an ambitious Roman, had been putting it about that he was destined to be Emperor, Vespasian actually had him appointed to the consulate, so sure was he that his own astrologers were right when they said that Mettius had been wrongly advised.
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Balbillus may have died at about the same time as Vespasian; had he survived there is no reason why the new Emperor, Vespasian's son Titus, could not have retained him, but his name vanished from record. Titus reigned for only two years, and in 81 was succeeded by his younger brother Domitian, who himself was so convinced by an astrologer's prediction that he would die by iron that he refused the senate's offer of a guard of honour to escort him with spears. For safety's sake, he appears to have believed all astrological predictions on principle.

He executed Mettius Pompusianus, believing the prophesy that he would one day be Emperor, and Suetonius says that 'he had not failed to take careful note of the days and hours when the foremost men had been born, and as a result was destroying in advance not a few who did not feel the least hope of gaining power.'

At least two astrologers seem to have predicted the hour of Domitian's death, and Suetonius says that as the stated hour approached the Emperor became more and more nervous. On 17 September 96, he told his servants to set aside some truffles for him until next day - in case he was around to eat them, for his death had been foretold for the 18th, when 'the Moon in Aquarius will be stained with blood'.

He summoned the astrologer Ascletarius-Asclation and asked him if he could foresee his own death. The astrologer replied that he would be torn to pieces by dogs. Domitian had him executed immediately; but as the body was awaiting cremation, a sudden rainstorm put out the fire, the undertaker took shelter, and a pack of dogs destroyed the corpse. Early next morning the second astrologer, Larginus Proculus, was brought before Domitian in chains. Domitian ordered his execution, too, but following Caligula's example postponed this for twenty-four hours, in order that Larginus should see how wrong he had been.

It was at the fifth hour that the two astrologers had said Domitian would die. Nervously, Domitian again and again sent to know the time. Finally his bored servants assured him that the hour had passed, and the Emperor; much relieved, decided to bathe. A conspirator, Stephanus, asked if he could read to him for a while in the bath. Domitian agreed.

Whereupon Stephanus produced a dagger and stabbed him, a number of other conspirators rushing in to join the execution.


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