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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Here Paul may have in mind Psalm For it had passed his skill to know each single star or name them one by one. Hail to thee and to the Elder Race d! To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The salvation of the idolatrous Athenians lies in the faith in the risen Christ. Proud of the glory that once was hers, this city could boast that she had produced some of the greatest artists, writers and thinkers.

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Paul and Aratus – Dr. When I saw the Phaenomena at the library, I decided to pick it up.

Thus the ancient weather-god, once depicted in anthropomorphic terms, is replaced by the Stoics with an abstract force which pervades the arats world. Return to Book Page. Then there’s a boring section about the axes that all the constellations are positioned on and how they revolve. Hanny marked it as to-read Nov 01, Half the setting Crown is visible in the sky but half already sinks beneath the verge.


Let none who pass him spread out on high on a cloudless night imagine that, gazing on the heavens, one shall see other stars more fair.


Posthomerica Quintus of Smyrna.

In it are the Belt of the well-starred Orion and the coil of the gleaming Hydra: Oft-spoken is their name and not all unheard-of are the Hyades. Authors of twenty-seven commentaries are known; ones by Theon of AlexandriaAchilles Tatius and Hipparchus of Nicaea survive. Oft before a gale the wild ducks or sea-wheeling gulls beat their wings on the shore, or a cloud is lengthwise resting on the mountain peaks.

Eppu marked it as to-read Apr 10, If on the third night neither horn nod forward or lean backward, if vertical they curve their tips on either side, winds from the West will follow that night. The Stoics were correct in decrying the numerous temples, altars and statues in Athens.

This page was last edited on 11 Novemberat De rerum natura Lucretius The Voyage of the Argo: Like other Hellenistic poets, Aratus wanted to infuse new life into ancient genres. And the apostle uses the inscription “to the unknown phaenkmena on one altar to introduce to the Athenians the God whom he professes.

Aratus: Phaenomena

The richest crop that the teaming mastich bears will hint of the wealthiest harvest from the plough: Aratus evidently spent much time in the circle of writers and artists who enjoyed the patronage of the Macedonian king Antigonus Gonatas.

For every street, every market-place is full of Zeus.

But not for every day is appointed a separate sign, but the signs of the third and araus day betoken the weather up to the half Moon; those of the half Moon up to full Moon; and in turn the signs of the full Moon up to the waning half Moon; the signs of the half Moon are followed by those of the fourth day from the end of the waning month, and they in their turn by those of the third day of the new atatus.


He enjoyed immense prestige among Hellenistic poets, including TheocritusCallimachus and Leonidas of Tarentum. Now the one men call by name Cynosura and the other Helice. The first crop of mastich heralds phaenokena first of grain; the second the middle; the latest the last of all. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Print Bookmark Email Share.

ARATUS, PHAENOMENA – Theoi Classical Texts Library

For ever with one of them the sun himself rises. Now they ever hold their heads each toward the flank of the other, and are borne along always shoulder-wise, turned alternate on their shoulders. Kevin rated it it was amazing May 12, It appears to be an imitation of Hesiodand to have been imitated by Virgil in some parts of the Georgics.

Small and dim are they all alike, but widely famed they wheel in heaven at morn and eventide, by the will of Zeus, who bade them tell of the beginning of Summer and Winter and of the coming of the ploughing-time. 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. For other uses, see Aratus disambiguation. Jessica marked it as to-read Dec 10, Of him only the leg is visible at the rising of both the Claws: