This unique collaboration between a classicist and physicist at the University of Illinois at Chicago is the first work to combine the evidence from both China and Rome for the spectacular daylight comet of 44 BC, perhaps the most famous comet in antiquity. This investigation, which also examines allusions to this comet in astrological literature from later antiquity, sheds new light on the significance of the comet as a powerful symbol in the political propaganda that launched Augustus' career.
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Book Description Book Condition: New. Oxford University Press, 1997. 256p. Paperback. Front cover and first pages to upper edge near spine a bit warped. Lacking title page. Series: American Philological Association American Classical Studies Series. 'This book, the result of a collaboration between a Classicist (Ramsey) and a Physicist (Licht) [hereafter RL], examines the significance of Octavian's games and the comet. It is divided into two sections: the first deals with the games themselves, their name, date, and significance, calling into question some old assumptions; the second deals with the comet, its historicity, the sources, including Chinese evidence for its appearance, its probable orbit, and its interpretation as a positive omen. There are also eight appendices and 12 figures. The chapters, which include intricate mathematical equations, calculations and scientific theory, are prefaced with abstracts clearly summarizing each chapter's thesis, argumentation, and conclusion for those (like the reviewer) whose last math course is but a foggy memory. (.) This book cogently demonstrates the importance of these games for Octavian who used them to advance politically in his rivalry with Antony. It should be noted that Antony continued to challenge Octavian's legitimacy, in particular by erecting a statue of Caesar on the Rostra with the inscription, "parenti optime merito" (Cic. Fam. 12.3.1, dated 2 October, 44), and Octavian continually had to reaffirm his, in particular in his contio in November, 44, when he swore an oath on Caesar's statue (Cic. Att. 15.28.4). But it was the games and the appearance of the comet that provided Octavian with what could readily be interpreted as divine confirmation of Caesar's divinity and his own right to succeed his adopted father. RL show how all this was possible while at the same time introducing new evidence to the debate and clearing up some old issues concerning the appearance of the comet at Octavian's games.' (GEOFFREY S. SUMI in Bryn Mawr Classical Review 97.8.7). Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 44119
Book Description Amer Philosophical Assn, 1997. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 256 pages. 9.25x6.25x0.75 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0788502743
Book Description Book Condition: New. Oxford University Press, 1997. 256p. Paperback. Series: American Philological Association American Classical Studies. [Ramsey and Licht] have produced a generally persuasive historical and astrometric analysis . [For] anyone interested in the portentous events of 44 BC and the emergence of Rome's first emperor into the full light of history, [this] book deserves a place on the shelf. The Ancient World (Publisher's information). Condition: New Print on Demand. Printed on Demand. Bookseller Inventory # 37219
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