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Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology: Origins and Influence (Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2015) 9789004306202
Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology: Origins and Influence (Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2015) 9789004306202
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Title: The Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology: Origins and Influence

Author: Greenbaum, Dorian Giesele

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2015

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004306202

Volumes: 1; Pages: 599

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In The Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology: Origins and Influence, Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum investigates for the first time the concept of the daimon (daemon, demon), normally confined to religion and philosophy, within the theory and practice of ancient western astrology (2nd century BCE - 7th century CE). This multi-disciplinary study covers the daimon within astrology proper as well as the daimon and astrology in wider cultural practices including divination, Gnosticism, Mithraism and Neo-Platonism. It explores relationships between the daimon and fate and Daimon and Tyche (fortune or chance), and the doctrine of lots as exemplified in Plato's Myth of Er. In finding the impact of Egyptian and Mesopotamian ideas of fate on Hellenistic astrology, it critically examines astrology's perception as propounding an unalterable destiny.Table of ContentsList of Figures, Tables and IllustrationsAcknowledgementsAbbreviations and Text ConventionsAstrological SymbolsIntroductionPart I. Daimon and FortuneChapter 1. Kindled Spirits: The Daimon, Plutarch and Vettius ValensChapter 2. Keeping in Good Spirits: The Places of Good Daimon and Fortune in AstrologyChapter 3. Twists of Fate: Daimon, Fortune and Astrology in Egypt and the Near EastChapter 4. Hie Thee to Hell: The Place of the Bad DaimonPart II. Gods and DaimonsChapter 5. Divergent Paths: Daimons and Astrology in Gnosticism and MithraismChapter 6. Ambivalent Daimons and AstrologyChapter 7. Porphyry, the Oikodespot's and the Personal DaimonPart III. Lots and the DaimonChapter 8. Allotment, the Daimon and AstrologyChapter 9. Endowment and Chance: The Lots of Fortune and DaimonChapter 10. 'Parents of Human Civilisation': The Lots of Love and NecessityConclusionAppendicesBibliographyIndex
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