The Fault in our Stars: Marcus Manilius and Western Astrology

The opening page (top section) of the poem Astronomica by the Roman poet Manilius

As the Roman Empire rose, absorbing the trappings of Hellenistic culture, one writer penned the oldest surviving complete treatise on the art of astrology. Part poetics, part mathematics, Manilius’ Astronomica offers a glimpse of the core concepts and Stoic philosophy underlying both Hellenistic astrology and the beginning of modern Western science.