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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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But another tale is current among men, how of old she dwelt on earth and met men face to face, nor ever disdained in olden time the tribes of men and women, but mingling with them took her seat, immortal though she was.

Silvia added it Oct 07, If she is slender and clear about the third day, she heralds calm: Zeus, the Stoics believed, was not an immortal being, but a power without person. In it is Argo and the mighty back of the Centaur, the sting of Scorpio, and the Bow of the bright Archer. On all are set beacon lights, many in number, all every way closely penned together.

His language is not flowery or verbose, but he paints the night sky with the eye of a keen observer. He even likely was copied by none other than the foremost pastoral poet of the Hellenistic Period, Theocritus.


Availability Text Usually ships business days after receipt of order. Aratus’ literary output included an edition of Homer’s Odyssey, hymns, epigrams, and even didactic poems on pharmacology and astronomy.

Even the sea and the harbour are full of this deity. Lecy rated it it was amazing May 12, For it had passed his skill to know each single star or name them one by one. When he begins to speak, Paul captures the goodwill of his listeners with what appears to be a compliment: Several accounts of his life are extant, by anonymous Greek writers.


Wherefore I bid thee pray, when in the open sea, that that constellation wrapt in clouds appear not amidst the others in the heavens, herself unclouded and resplendent above with billowing clouds, as often it is beset when the autumn wind drives them back.

For other uses, see Aratus disambiguation. Such novel ideas, advanced especially pyaenomena Stoic and Epicurean philosophers, are employed by Paul to lead the Athenians to the realization that they are an idolatrous people.

The half-line “for we arstus indeed his offspring” is found in this section of the poem. But for me, too, in answer to my prayer direct all my lay, even as is meet, to tell the stars. For every street, every market-place is full of Zeus.

Aratus: Phaenomena

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. Now the Serpent is wreathed about his two hands — a little above his right hand, but in many folds high above his left.

But then in truth he journeys either through rain or through wind. As for the poem itself, the Hellenistic use of epic is great and makes me nostalgic for Homer and Hesiod. Far from them was the cruel sea and not yet from afar did ships bring their livelihood, but the oxen and the plough and Justice herself, queen of the peoples, giver of things just, abundantly supplied their every need.


Roar rated it it was amazing Apr 13, Everywhere everyone is indebted to Zeus. Like the key of a twofold door barred within, wherewith men striking shoot back the bolts, so singly set shine her stars.

Hail, ye Muses, right kindly, every one! They end in a single star of Cetus, set where meet his spine and head.

Aratus – Wikipedia

At times the innovation can be blinding. The head of Andromeda is setting and against her is brought by the misty South the mighty terror, Cetus, but over against him in the North Cepheus with mighty hand upraised warns him back. Published May 2nd by Cambridge University Press first published An Arabic translation was commissioned in the ninth phaenlmena by the Caliph Al-Ma’mun.

Several poetical works on various subjects, as well as a number of prose epistles, are attributed to Aratus, but none of them have come down to us, except his two astronomical poems in hexameter.

For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, ‘I will live in phaenmoena and move among them’ 2 Corinthians 6: 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.

Small and dim are they all alike, but widely phaenomenx they wheel in heaven at morn and eventide, by the will of Zeus, who bade them tell of the beginning pnaenomena Summer and Winter and of the coming of the ploughing-time.