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Phaenomena (Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity)

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After the Iliad and the Odyssey, the Phaenomena was the most widely read poem in the ancient world. Its fame was immediate. It was translated into Latin by Ovid and Cicero and quoted by St. Paul in the New Testament, and it was one of the few Greek poems translated into Arabic.

Aratus' Phaenomena is a didactic poem — a practical manual in verse that teaches the reader to identify constellations and predict weather. The poem also explains the relationship between celestial phenomena and such human affairs as agriculture and navigation.

Despite the historical and pedagogical importance of the poem, no English edition suitable for students and general readers has been available for decades. Aaron Poochigian's lively translation makes accessible one of the most influential poets of antiquity. Poochigian's interpretation of the Phaenomena reestablishes the ancient link between poetry and science and demonstrates that verse is an effective medium for instruction.

Featuring references to Classical mythology and science, star charts of the northern and southern skies, extensive notes, and an introduction to the work's stylistic features and literary reception, this dynamic work will appeal to students of Ancient Greece who want to deepen their understanding of the Classical world.

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Aratus was born about 310 BCE in a fragment of Alexander the Great's dissolved empire that is now in southern Turkey. He joined the Macedonian court as poet in 276, and it was there he wrote his most famous poem, Phaenomena, which teachers readers to identify the constellations and predict changes in the weather. Poochigian (languages and literature, Brooklyn College) includes a 22-page introduction to his new translation, along with appendices on constellation risings and settings, and designations of constellations from Johann Bayer's star atlas. There is no index. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

"Includes a verse adaptation of Eudoxus' book of the same name"--Data view.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780801894664
Author:
Aratus
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Translator:
Poochigian, Aaron
Author:
Poochigian, Aaron
Author:
Aratus, Solensis
Subject:
Constellations
Subject:
Planets
Subject:
Astronomy - General
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient, Classical & Medieval
Subject:
Classics-Medieval and Renaissance General
Series:
Johns Hopkins New Translations from Antiquity
Publication Date:
20100631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
72
Dimensions:
8.80x5.90x.50 in. .40 lbs.

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