Best introduction to Hellenistic Astrology

dr. farr

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For those wishing to tackle the interesting but complex field of ancient Hellenistic astrology, I recommend as their first book Chris Brennan’s excellent and clearly written “Hellenistic Astrology: a Study of Fate & Fortune”; close study of this book will enable you to try out the old-time techniques with a good degree of expertise.
 

JUPITERASC

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For those wishing to tackle the interesting but complex field of ancient Hellenistic astrology, I recommend as their first book Chris Brennan’s excellent and clearly written “Hellenistic Astrology: a Study of Fate & Fortune”; close study of this book will enable you to try out the old-time techniques with a good degree of expertise.
caveat
keep in mind

Chris Brennan book is not only pricey
but is also sourced from CSU Professor Mark Riley FREE ONLINE
translation of THE ANTHOLOGY by Vettius Valens
a two thousand year old manuscript
Vettius Valens originally wrote in Ancient Greek

Professor Mark Riley translation of it is completely FREE :smile:

https://www.csus.edu/indiv/r/rileymt/Vettius Valens entire.pdf




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dr. farr

Well-known member
The Brennan book covers the entire development of Hellenistic astrology from manilius through Valens up to rhetorius; also Brennan explains everything in well defined elaborations so that beginners can more easily understand the techniques and the ideas and reasons behind them; once a beginner has been educated by this introduction, the original Valens anthology can be attempted with every hope of being understood.
 

JUPITERASC

Well-known member
The Brennan book covers the entire development of Hellenistic astrology from manilius through Valens up to rhetorius; also Brennan explains everything in well defined elaborations so that beginners can more easily understand the techniques and the ideas and reasons behind them; once a beginner has been educated by this introduction, the original Valens anthology can be attempted with every hope of being understood.
It's pricey - Brennan has multiple FREE PODCASTS reworking

the ORIGINAL ancient authors

for example
begin with three and a half hours FREE PODCAST :smile:

https://theastrologypodcast.com/2016/01/24/origins-of-hellenistic-astrology-debate/


an extensive overview by Brennan of the lives and works
of some of the major astrologers of the Hellenistic astrological tradition
ranging from the 3rd century BCE to the 7th century CE.


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dr. farr

Well-known member
The Brennan book can be had for $33 on Amazon-in my opinion not too expensive for a 650 page work-but of course it can’t beat free:sideways:!
 
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