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1. Concept and prior history

Astrology was taught from Hellenistic Antiquity until the Renaissance [14]. From the Middle Ages, it was an official component of the quadrivium (Artes liberales), reaching a peak of prestige in the Renaissance. A great many European scholars practiced astrology, and until the early modern period …

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Brosseder, Claudia, “Astrology”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Executive editor of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy. Consulted online on 24 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20160321

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