The Hellenistic poet Aratus of Soli (ca to before bc)1 is known primarily as the author of Phaenomena, a poem which de- scribes the constellations and. Phaenomena, a poem on star constellations and weather signs by Aratus (c. BCE), was among the most widely read in antiquity and one of the few. Aratus’ Phaenomena is a didactic poem—a practical manual in verse that teaches the reader to identify constellations and predict weather. The poem also .

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Aratus: Phaenomena

He was for a time in the artus of Antiochus I of Syria phaneomena returned to Macedonia. The Phaenomena is a peculiar poem: But the fourth circle passes over as much water of ocean as rolls between the rising Aegoceros, and the rising of the Crab: Jennifer is currently reading it Apr 03, But among them are borne two of more lustrous form, not far apart and yet not near: Let the left shoulder of Andromeda be thy guide to the northern Fish, for it is very near.

This is despite all the footnotes which listed all the contemporaries and later scholars who disputed some of his observation and descriptions! Even so long as the earth artaus nurtured the Golden Race, she had her dwelling on earth. So, too, phqenomena the previous signs thou canst forecast the winds or storm or rain to come on the self-same day or on the morrow or it may be on the third morn.

Phaenomenathe first half of which is a verse setting of a lost work of the same name by Eudoxus of Cnidus. For such lightnings herald rain. She sinks wholly at the rising of Aegoceros, when Procyon sets too, and there rise the Bird and the Eagle and the gems of arahus winged Arrow and the sacred Altar, that is established in the South. Loosed is her Rudder and is set beneath the hind feet of the Dog, as he runs in front.

For not yet do we mortals know all from Zeus, but much still remains hidden, whereof, what he will, even hereafter will he reveal; for openly he aids the race of men, manifesting himself on every side and showing signs on every hand.


They hold the terms of the meeting months, when the sky on eight nights is deceptive beyond its wont for lack of the bright-eyed moon.

Nor does what was left of Andromeda and of Cetus fail to mark his rise but in full career they too flee. Marked, too, ere now as sign of wind have been the withered petals, the down of the white thistle, when they abundant float, some in front and others behind, on the surface phsenomena the silent sea. The two poems were very popular both in the Greek and Roman world, [5] as is proved by the number of commentaries and Latin translations.

Medieval European science Indian astronomy Aratys Islamic astronomy. Sigrid Pedersen rated it liked it Mar 22, No longer in seemly wise does she shine upon her throne, feet and knees withal, but she headlong plunges like a diver, atatus at the knees; for not scatheless was she to rival Doris and Panope.

Indeed Jesus and the resurrection are the main themes of Paul’s speech. Thus to some extent Paul uses the ideas and language of the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers who were popular in firstcentury Athens.

The apostle shows thereby that he is familiar with the writings and beliefs of the Greeks, and that in proving them false he is able to employ even their own authorities. He it was, men say, that brought down from lofty Helicon the bright water of bounteous Hippocrene. Oft-spoken is their name and not all unheard-of are the Hyades. But the farthest star on his blazing nostril could fitly rival the former four, that invest him with such splendour.

For often Night herself reveals this sign, also, for the South Wind in her kindness to toiling sailors. For we are also his offspring; and he in his kindness unto men giveth favourable signs and wakeneth the people to work, reminding them of livelihood. Paperbackpages.

Aratus: Phaenomena by Aratus

Mankind is, according to such belief, part of that environment and so “is indebted to Zeus. Since Aratus was schooled in Stoic philosophy, it is not surprising that Stoic doctrine appears in the Phaenomena. Paul presents the good news of salvation especially to the philosophers who confess that Paul brings “strange things” to their ears and who wish to know what he means.


They are called the Asses [in the constellation Cancer], and between them is the Manger. For they bring him: The poem also explains the relationship between celestial phenomena and such human affairs as agriculture and navigation. Three parts of eight of his course are above and five below the horizon.

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Jennifer Howard rated it it was amazing Oct 23, He is behind Aegoceros [Capricorn], who is set in front and further down, where the mighty Sun turns. Whenever the Moon with slender horns shines forth in the West, she tells of a new month beginning: Although Aratus was somewhat ignorant of Greek astronomyhis poem was very popular in the Greek and Roman world, as is proved by the large number of commentaries and Latin translations, some of which survive.

This circle is called the Belt of the Zodiac. Nor do Perseus and the end of the stern of jeweled Argo remain on high, but Perseus sets all save his knee and right foot and Argo is gone save her curved stern. Of him only the leg is visible at the rising of both the Claws: Everyone in the Roman world loved him; Vergil, Ovid, and Cicero all did translations. But ye will breed a viler progeny!

SpindleWorks does not have any official connection to any Reformed Churches. When he begins to speak, Paul captures the goodwill of his listeners with what appears to be a compliment: