Astrology and Religion among the Greeks and Romans by Franz Cumont

By Franz Cumont

It's the objective of those lectures brought less than the auspices of the yankee Committee for Lectures at the historical past of Religions, to sum up the result of researches carried on by means of me for a few years within the box of old astrology and astral faith. For a few evidence set forth the following in a precis style, i will be able to refer the reader attracted to the main points to a couple of targeted articles released in numerous periodicals; the evidence of alternative assertions could be given in a bigger paintings that i'm hoping at a few destiny date to post in this related normal subject.

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A. V. W.  1 1909-1910--Prof. --Aspects of Religious Belief and Practice in Babylonia and Assyria. 1910-1911--Prof. J. J. M. --The Development of Religion in China. The lecturer for 1911-1912 was Prof. Franz Cumont of Brussels, recognised as the leading authority on Greek Astrology and Mithraism. From 1892 until his resignation in 1910, Prof. Cumont held the Chair of Roman Institutions at the University of Ghent. Since 1899, he has been Curator of the Royal Museums of Antiquities at Brussels. Prof.

After a duration of a thousand years, the power of astrology broke down when, with Copernicus, Kepler, and Galileo, the progress of astronomy overthrew the false hypothesis upon which its entire structure rested, namely, the geocentric system of the universe. The fact that the earth revolves in space intervened to upset the complicated play of planetary influences, and the silent stars, relegated to the unfathomable depths of the sky, no longer made their prophetic voices audible to mankind. Celestial mechanics and spectrum analysis finally robbed them of their mysterious prestige.

P. 22] LECTURE II. Babylon and Greece The relations of Greek philosophy with oriental theologies form a subject of vast extent, which has long been discussed. In this lecture we do not pretend to solve these problems or even to cover the whole ground which they embrace. Our interest is confined to one particular point, namely, when and how Semitic star-worship came to modify the ancient beliefs of the Hellenes. Every sidereal cult, properly so called, was originally foreign to the Greeks as to the Romans--a fact which undoubtedly proves that the common ancestors of the Italians and the Hellenes dwelt in a northern land, where the stars were frequently concealed by fogs or obscured by clouds.

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