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A Brief History of Ancient Astrology explores the theory and practice of astrology from Babylon to Ancient Greece and Rome and its cultural and political impact on ancient societies. * Discusses the union between early astrology and astronomy, in contrast to the modern dichotomy between science and superstition.* Explains the ancient understanding of the zodiac and its twelve signs, the seven planets, and the fixed circle of ′places′ against which the signs and planets revolve.* Demonstrates how to construct and interpret a horoscope in the ancient manner, using original ancient horoscopes and handbooks.* Considers the relevance of ancient astrology today.Review“Beck’s account is eloquent, compelling, and accessible – even when dealing with technical aspects of horoscopy; it will be of consequence to all those interested in astral symbolism, in semiotics, or in the mentality underlying classical thought.”Luther H. Martin, University of Vermont “This is a work likely to entice readers to further pursue the subject … Recommended.”Choice“Roger Beck’s book does credit to the author: It is clear, and, possibly most importantly, it gives its reader a taste of what the study of ancient astrology may be like ... Should one look for an introduction to the extremely complex field of study, Roger Beck’s book is an excellent choice.”Bryn Mawr Classical Review"Written in a charming colloquial style in which the personal voice of the author is present throughout, full of well–intentioned examples from ancient sources, and furnished with useful diagrams, Beck’s book is extremely user friendly … A book that does an excellent job at enabling non–specialists (such as classicists and ancient historians) to grasp both the science that underlies ancient astrology and the mentality that drove it."Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science
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Roger Beck (born 3 August 1983) is an international footballer from Liechtenstein who plays club football for FC Balzers, as a midfielder.
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