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Firmicus Maternus, Julius
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Firmicus Maternus, Julius, member of a respected Sicilian family. Trained in both Latin and Greek, toward the end of this career as a lawyer c. 335 he composed the most comprehensive Latin handbook of astrology, the Matheseos libri VII (ed. Kroll-Skutsch, 1897–1913, repr. 1968; ET: Astrology Theory and Practice: Matheseos Libri VIII, 2005). He converted to Christianity, probably from philosophically excessive astral beliefs; then in De errore profanarum religionum (ed. Turcan, 1982) he was the first Christian (c. 350) to summon the emperors Constans and Constantiu…

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Hoheisel, Karl, “Firmicus Maternus, Julius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 April 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_07647>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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