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A Brief History of Ancient Astrology (Wiley Brief Histories of the Ancient… (edició 2006)
de Roger Beck (Autor)
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A Brief History of Ancient Astrology de Roger Beck
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This book probes both the history, the positive attributes and restraints of ancient astrology, and hints at why it was inevitable that astrology would shed its wishy-washy, fatalistic nature and resurface as a modern psychological tool for self-understanding. However the amount of ancient astro-lingo got in my way of enjoying this as an introductory book, so I'm giving this book 3.5/5 stars. ( )
I can see why some people who are extremely interested in ancient astrology would find this book wonderful. However, I only wanted a brief run down and I thought (based on the title of this book) that a brief history would be a brief history. Unfortunately I found myself getting bogged down in astrological mumbo jumbo.I gave up around a third of the way through. While the topic sounds interesting to me, this book was not what I was after.
A Brief History of Ancient Astrology explores the theory andpractice of astrology from Babylon to Ancient Greece and Rome andits cultural and political impact on ancient societies. Discusses the union between early astrology and astronomy, incontrast to the modern dichotomy between science andsuperstition. Explains the ancient understanding of the zodiac and its twelvesigns, the seven planets, and the fixed circle of 'places' againstwhich the signs and planets revolve. Demonstrates how to construct and interpret a horoscope in theancient manner, using original ancient horoscopes andhandbooks. Considers the relevance of ancient astrology today.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)133.5093 — Philosophy and Psychology Parapsychology And Occultism Specific Topics Astrology Astrology -- history
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