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(V.) HISTORY - Pervasive Planets

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« on: December 11, 2007, 02:06:16 pm »

The imagery of astrology was everywhere. One of the most famous examples is the feast described by Petronius in the Satyricon, given by the freedman Trimalchio, who sat his guests around a table on which various dishes were set out under the signs of the zodiac - beef under Taurus, sweetbreads and kidneys under Gemini, a balance with a tart on one scale and a cheesecake on the other under Libra, two mullets under Pisces, and so on.

Juvenal mentions several instances of people consulting astrologers, and although he was given to satirical exaggeration, we get a very firm impression of how the upper echelons of Roman society employed them: children would enquire about the time when their parents might be expected to die, women whether their lovers would survive them, and some people positively would not stir abroad without an astrological consultation:

"Remember to avoid the tracks of women in whose hands you see (as if they were large gems) much-used ephemerides [tables of planetary movements]. Such a woman does not consult any astrologers; she is herself consulted. Nor will she accompany her husband when he goes to camp, or returns home, if warned against doing so by the numerical manual of Thrasyllus. She will not even go out as far as the first milestone unless a favourable hour has been chosen first from the book. When the rubbed corner of her eye itches, she will ask for a soothing balm only after consulting her horoscope. She may lie in bed sick; then no hour will be considered more apt for taking some food than the one which Petosiris has named ...."
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