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Translated by F. E. Robbins

ISBN 9780674994799

Publication date: 01/01/1940

Classic astrology.

The Tetrabiblos of the famous astronomer and geographer Claudius Ptolemaeus (ca. AD 100–178) of Egypt consists of four books, the title given in some manuscripts meaning “Mathematical Treatise in Four Books,” in others “The Prognostics addressed to Syrus.” The subject is astrology, which in Ptolemy’s time as down to the Renaissance was fused as a respectable science with astronomy. Translations and commentaries are few, and only three Greek texts had been printed (all in the 16th century) before the present one and the one begun by F. Boll and finished by Emilie Boer in 1940.


  • Frank Egleston Robbins (1884–1963) was Professor of Greek at the University of Michigan.

Book Details

  • 496 pages
  • 4-1/4 x 6-3/8 inches
  • Harvard University Press