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Favorinus on the Chaldean astrologers (1)

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05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

2nd century CE
Roman Empire
Roman philosophers and scholars

Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae 14.1.15-18:
For if an (astrological) observation was made in the beginning in such a manner that it was calculated under what aspect, arrangement and position of the stars anyone was born, and if thereafter his fortune from the beginning of his life, his character, his disposition, the circumstances of his affairs and activities, and finally also the end of his life were noted, and all these things as they had actually happened were committed to writing, and long afterwards, when the same stars were in the same aspect and position, it was supposed that those same things would happen to others who had been born at that same time. … For he said that it was agreed among astrologers that those stars which they call “wandering” (= planets), which are supposed to determine the fate of all things, beginning their course together, return to the same place from which they set out only after an innumerable and almost infinite number of years.

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Aulus Gellius, Noctes Atticae 14.1.15-18


Rolfe 1961, III 8-9Rolfe, John C. The Attic Nights of Aulus Gellius. 3 Vols. Loeb Classical Library. Cambridge MA: Harvard University Press, London: Heinemann 1961.

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