Babylonian Astrology in the Hellenized World Astrology, loosely defined as a method of correspondences between celestial events and activity in the human realm, has played a role in nearly every civilization. Its role in the late-Hellenistic era is of special concern, particularly due to its complex interaction with Greek philosophy, as well as its claims on the life of an individual. Such charts form the basis of "natal astrology" or "genethlialogy," which started in Babylon but was later developed in Hellenized Greek speaking regions. The earliest surviving horoscopic chart pertaining to an individual is dated B.
Babylonian Astrology in the Hellenized World Astrology, loosely defined as a method of correspondences between celestial events and activity in the human realm, has played a role in nearly every civilization.
Its role in the late-Hellenistic era is of special concern, particularly due to its complex interaction with Greek philosophy, as well as its claims on the life of an individual.
A horoscopic chart also "birth chart," "natal chart," or "horoscope" is a list of planetary positions against a backdrop of zodiac signs, divided into regions of the sky with reference to the rising and setting stars on the horizon on the basis of one's exact time and place of birth.
Such charts form the basis of "natal astrology" or "genethlialogy," which started in Babylon but was later developed in Hellenized Greek speaking regions. The earliest surviving horoscopic chart pertaining to an individual is dated B.
Babylonian astrology flourished from the seventh century to the Seleucid era late fourth century.
However, astral religion and divination based on star omens have a much longer history in Mesopotamia. Stars were considered to be representations of gods whose favors could be courted through prayers, magical incantations and amulets.
The triad of Anu, Enlil, and Ea corresponded not with individual stars or planets but to three bands of constellations. Given the small available sample of Late Babylonian horoscopic tablets containing planetary placements and laconic predictions around 28 extantit is very difficult to come to solid conclusions about the theoretical ground for the practice of the earliest horoscopic astrologers.
The case will be different in the Hellenistic culture in which theoretical grounding was important for the development of the practice, and in which there is more extensive textual evidence. Given the dynamic tension resulting from Greek philosophy meeting Egyptian, Babylonian, Persian and Jewish religions and ideologies, and the "syncretism" of cross-cultural influences, the Hellenistic era provided fruitful soil for the cultivation of what began primarily as a Mesopotamian system of celestial omens.
Before Alexander's conquest, the practice of astronomy and astrology in Babylon flourished but was not yet of much interest to the Greek thinkers. Plato mentions those who seek celestial portents in the Timaeus 40c-dwhile the student of Plato who authored the Epinomis paved the way for application of astronomical studies to astral piety.
As the intellectual center in Egypt, Alexandria is a likely location for major developments in Hellenistic astrology.
A portion of what Garth Fowden in Egyptian Hermes classified as "technical Hermetica," material typically earlier than the "philosophical Hermetica," represents a part of the early Hellenistic astrological corpus. Surviving Greek astrological writings, catalogued over a period of fifty years in a work called the Catalogus Codicum Astrologorum Graecorum CCAGreveal that for the sake of credibility, many of the Hellenistic astrologers attributed the earliest astrological works to historical or mythologized figures such as the pharaoh Nechepso, an Egyptian priest associated with Petosiris.
Hermes is a legendary figure credited with the invention of astrology. Asclepius, Anubio, Zoroaster, Abraham, Pythagoras, and Orpheus are additional figures having astrological works penned in their names.
The rivalry between the Seleucid and Ptolemaic kingdoms may be reflected in the astrologers' varying attributions of the origins of astrology to Egyptians or Babylonians called the Chaldaeans.
Various astrological techniques and tables are either attributed to Egyptians or Chaldaeans, but by late antiquity, the source for specific techniques and approaches were often wrongly attributed. By the second century B. Hellenistic Theorization and Systemization of Astrology Hellenistic astrology displays the influence of a variety of philosophical sources.
However, given the divergent and ever multiplying streams of thought in the Hellenized world, practical astrology did not necessarily conform to one particular philosophical model offered by the major philosophical schools.
However, as outlined below, the Neopythagoreans, Platonists and Stoics provided the foundational influence on the development of the art. After a system or systems of Hellenistic astrology quickly developed, the later practitioners and writers did not follow any one philosophical influence as a whole.
In fact, the surviving instructional texts only scantily betray the philosophical positions of the authors.
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