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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Having noted the context of the half-verse “for we are indeed his offspring,” the reader will conclude that the apostle Paul does not quote this passage in complete agreement with its meaning and intent, but in order to show that even to some Greek thinkers and writers the idea of an anthropomorphic Zeus is false. But if the Ass to the North of the Manger shine feebly through a faint mist, while the Southern Ass is gleaming bright, expect wind from the South: Translated by Mair, A.

Not one lone star shines on his head, but on his brows are two stars lit, and two in his eyes, and one phsenomena is set upon the chin-point of the dread monster. Each crop in turn brings a sign for the sowing. The poem also explains the relationship between celestial phenomena and such human affairs as agriculture and navigation. Idolatry is one pagan practice of the Athenians which the missionary attacks.

The three Belts rise and set all parallel but ever single and the same is the pint where in due order each rises or sets at East or West. When he rises with the Sun, no longer do the trees deceive him by the feeble freshness of their leaves.

Thus to some extent Paul uses the ideas and language of the Stoic and Epicurean philosophers who were popular in firstcentury Athens. Let the left shoulder of Andromeda be thy guide to the northern Fish, for it is very near. View facing pages View left-hand pages View right-hand pages Enter full screen mode. Nor lags behind the Charioteer at the rising of the Bull, for close are set their courses.

But it has no share in the Eagle, but near it flies the mighty messenger of Zeus. But the goat-herd rejoices even in the birds, when they come in moderate flocks with promise of a season of plenteous milk. But if without a cloud he dip in the western ocean, and as he is sinking, or still when he is gone, the clouds stand near him blushing red, neither on the morrow nor in the night needst thou be over-fearful of rain. Yet not a star, I ween, has perished from the sky unmarked since the earliest memory of man, but even so the tale is told.


From Zeus let us begin; a him do we mortals never leave unnamed; full of Zeus are all the streets and all the market-places of men; full is the sea and the havens thereof; always we all have need of Zeus. The terminology which Paul employs in this verse is similar to that used by the Stoics, yet one should not conclude that Paul is preaching a purely Stoic philosophy.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There is a tale told by the men of old, who said that stout Orion laid hands upon her robe, what time in Chios he was smiting with his strong club all manner of beasts, as a service of the hunt to that King Oenopion. Quintilian was less enthusiastic. But when she had filled the great heights with gathering crowds, then would she with threats rebuke their evil ways, and declare that never more at their prayer would she reveal her face to man.

Verily wars and cruel bloodshed shall be unto men and grievous woe shall be laid upon them. Some messages the Moon will convey with orb half-full as she waxes or wanes, others when full: The contemporary poet Callimachus praised the poem as an elegant and refined piece of work, and it appears that many readers appreciated Aratus’ polished and precise style.

Shandeanmandean marked it as to-read Jul 02, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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.

I’ve heard it’s hard to translate Aratus’ succinct yet flowing style into verse in English, but I also hear Poochigian gives it a decent go–perhaps I will find that in my phaenomrna. It would profit much to mark the last four days of the old and first four of the new month. The half-line “for we are indeed his offspring” is found in this section of the poem. Pierce Ketara marked it as to-read Mar 24, Yet in that Silver Age was she still upon the earth; but from the echoing hills at eventide she came alone, nor spake to any man in gentle words.


The hapless Cassiepeia herself too hastes after the figure of her child.

Aratus Solensis, Phaenomena, book 1

Seeing them thou needest not further conjecture what stars beyond them model all her form. The digital Loeb Classical Library extends the founding mission of James Loeb with an interconnected, fully searchable, perpetually growing virtual library of all that is important in Greek and Latin literature.

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.

A match for it in colour thou wilt find no circle wheel, but in size araatus of the four belts as large, but xratus other two are far inferior. Of him only the leg is visible at aratks rising of both the Claws: The richest crop that the teaming mastich bears will hint of the wealthiest harvest from the plough: But the Phantom On His Knees winks all save knee and left foot beneath the stormy ocean. For himself it was who set the signs in heaven, and marked out the constellations, and for the year devised what stars chiefly should give to men right signs of the seasons, to the end that all things might grow unfailingly.

To see the phrase in its context, consider the following translation of lines of the Phaenomena: Footnotes 1 For the debate regarding formal trial or unofficial phaenojena see T.

But among them are borne two of more lustrous form, not far apart and yet not near: AnonySP added it Jan 09, When quite bright her hue, forecast fair weather; when ruddy, expect the rushing wind; when dark stained with spots, look out for rain. Half the setting Crown is visible in the sky but half already sinks beneath the verge.

Facing the Eagle wheel the head and neck of the Horse.

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I only gave a cursory scan of the commentary which makes up the majority of this So the weary hands and knees and shoulders of Andromeda are parted — stretched some below and others above the horizon, when the Two Fishes are newly risen from the ocean.