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(V.) HISTORY - Pervasive Planets

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« on: December 11, 2007, 02:16:08 pm »

What he did do was encourage professional astrologers to organize themselves into a body that could pass on knowledge in a proper manner, actually advertising themselves as teachers; and he seems to have seen to it that astrology was given precedence when the curriculum at the Athenaeum in Rome, founded by Hadrian, was reorganized.

As the power and influence of Rome passed its apogee, Christianity began to increase its hold, and eventually under Constantine in 334 was to be proclaimed as the official state religion, thus doing astrology the enormous service of reducing it from the status of a religious and magical art to that of a science. What, during these first centuries AD, was the state of the theory and literature of the subject?

The Tetrabiblos has already been mentioned as probably the most distinguished of astrological textbooks. The Anthologiae of Vettius Valens was enormously popular, perhaps because whereas Ptolemy wrote substantially for the educated layman and explored the subject scientifically, Valens was himself an astrologer, and intended his work for believers.

We know little of the life of Vettius Valens, except that he never grew rich, was never involved in politics or fashion and so, avoiding execution for favouring this imperial candidate or that, remained relatively unknown. He seems to have bolstered his income by running, for a time, a school of astrology (he dedicated his book to one of his students, Marcus). It is impossible to reconstitute the Anthologiae, which was in nine books; but it was to be used by generations of astrologers up until the 8th century at least, when Theophilus was still quoting it.
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