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Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans [Kindle Edition]

Franz Cumont
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This is a study of star-worship by Franz Cumont. At the turn of the 20th century, Cumont collected all available astrological and astronomical texts from antiquity. This book summarizes his knowledge and theories on this subject. Cumont shows that astronomical knowledge was developed over time in the ancient Near East, eventually allowing prediction of phenomena such as the location of the planets, the phases of the moon, and eclipses. This knowledge was used as the basis of a religious system which was integrated into Greek and Roman Paganism. This involved worship of the planets and stars and a belief that after death (if virtuous) we ascend to the heavens. Other aspects of ancient star-worship that are still with us are our seven-day week and the transference of the winter Solstice into the celebration of the birth of Christ.--J.B. Hare

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Franz Cumont was one of the preeminent classical scholars of his day, and his investigations into the history of religion had a dramatic impact upon the fields of archaeology, comparative mythology, and anthropology.

This 1912 volume collects the influential series of lectures he delivered across the United States highlighting one aspect of his groundbreaking studies of ancient worship: the reverence of the stars.

He discusses... * the origins of astrology in ancient Babylonia * why ancient scientists believed the stars were divine * how astrology influenced Greek and Roman paganism * astrology as the official religion of the Roman Empire * and more...


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  • File Size: 165 KB
  • Print Length: 122 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evinity Publishing Inc; 1.0 edition (April 25, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0027P88F0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,117,538 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Book is not what I expected. June 14, 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
When I bought this book I thought it would be on the different Gods and Goddess's of this time and how they relate to astrology. Wrong. I would not recommend this book to anyone, even if it cam in good shape.
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