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Marcus Manilius (1st century CE)

Marcus Manilius was a Roman poet and astrologer who lived during the 1st century AD. He is best known for his didactic poem Astronomica, which is a comprehensive introduction to astrology. Astronomica covers topics such as the signs of the zodiac, the positions of the planets, eclipses, comets, and the effects of the stars on human destiny. Manilius also wrote a book called Pollux Onomasticon which contained a list of Greek and Latin words and their definitions. Manilius is credited with helping to popularize astrology in the Roman world and his work is still referenced today by astrologers.

Critical Editions:

M. Manilii Astronomica, ed. G. P. Goold, Teubner, Leipzig, 1985 (rev. ed. 1998). >>

M. Manilii Astronomicon, Liber Primus, ed. A. E. Housman, Grant Richards, London, 1903. >>

M. Manilii Astronomicon, Liber Secundus, ed. A. E. Housman, Grant Richards, London, 1912. >>

M. Manilii Astronomicon, Liber Tertius, ed. A. E. Housman, Grant Richards, London, 1916. >>

M. Manilii Astronomicon, Liber Quartus, ed. A. E. Housman, Grant Richards, London, 1920. >>

M. Manilii Astronomicon, Liber Quintus, ed. A. E. Housman, The Richards Press, London, 1930. >>


Manilius, Astronomica, ed. and trans. G. P. Goold, Loeb Classical Library, Harvard University Press, Cambridge, MA, 1977 (rev. ed. 1997) >>


Volk, Katharina, Manilius and His Intellectual Background, Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York, 2009. >>

Hübner, Wolfgang (trans.). Manilius, Astronomica, Buch V, Sammlung wissenschaftlicher Commentare. 2 vols. De Gruyter, Berlin/New York, 2010. >>

Green and Volk (eds.), Forgotten Stars: Rediscovering Manilius’ Astronomica, Oxford University Press, Oxford/New York, 2011. >>

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