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By Tamysn Barton

An account of astrology from its beginnings in Mesopotamia, concentrating on the Greco-Roman international, Ancient Astrology examines the theoretical improvement and altering social and political function of astrology.

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Under the Roman Empire and its Byzantine successor there were also specialists in racing: astrologers used the stars to find out which team of chariot-drivers would win in the hippodrome: I look at the methods in Chapter 6. A man from Halifax wrote to Russell Grant, the television astrologer who also does the stars for the national newspapers, to find out whether his wife would come back to him. You can find a discussion of how to answer the same question in the work of Dorotheus of Sidon, of the first century CE, from which I quote in Chapter 6.

In fact, the first emperor of the Roman world was an important catalyst in making astrology more than the obscureinterest 3 ANCIENT ASTROLOGY of a few intellectuals, when he promoted himself and astrology at the same time; but that is another story to be told later in the book. The high status of astrology explains the difference between the use of astrology in high places today and in the ancient world. It is true there were superficial resemblances to the Roman Empire in the story which emerged in May 1988 about President Reagan.

In fact, the first emperor of the Roman world was an important catalyst in making astrology more than the obscureinterest 3 ANCIENT ASTROLOGY of a few intellectuals, when he promoted himself and astrology at the same time; but that is another story to be told later in the book. The high status of astrology explains the difference between the use of astrology in high places today and in the ancient world. It is true there were superficial resemblances to the Roman Empire in the story which emerged in May 1988 about President Reagan.

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