History, Cosmology
Cultural Perspective, Time, Astrology

Astrology in Time and Place

Cross-Cultural Questions in the History of Astrology

Edited by Nicholas Campion & Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum
ISBN: 9781443883818
26 May 2016
Hardcover; 315 pages

Astrology is the practice of relating the heavenly bodies to lives and events on earth, and the tradition that has thus been generated. Many cultures worldwide have practised it in some form. In some it is rudimentary, in others complex. Culture and scholarship have categorised it as both belief and science, as a form of magic, divination or religious practice – but in many ways it defies easy categorisation. The chapters in this volume make a significant contribution to our understanding of astrology across a range of periods of cultures. Based on papers presented at the annual conference of the Sophia Centre held in 2012, the contributions range from China and Japan, through India, the ancient Near East, the classical world and early modern Europe, to Madagascar and Mesoamerica. The different topics include ritual and religion, magic and science, calendars and time, and questions of textual transmission and methodology.

Astrology in Time and Place is essential reading for all interested in the history of humanity’s relationship with the cosmos.


Table of Contents


  • Audrius Benorius
  • Kristina Buhrman
  • Mario Friscia
  • Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum
  • Michael Grofe
  • Johann Hasler
  • Helen R. Jacobus
  • Ulla Susanne Koch
  • Christel Mattheeuws
  • David Pankenier
  • Micah Ross
  • Liana Saif
  • Gustav-Adolf Schoener


Dr Nicholas Campion is Principal Lecturer, Institute of Education and Humanities, and Associate Professor in Cosmology and Culture. He is the director of the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, the only academic Centre in the world to deal with cultural relationships with the sky and the cosmos. He is responsible for taking forward the Centre’s research and teaching activities, through supervising PhD students, sponsoring research projects, organising conferences and other events, and publishing research via the peer-reviewed journal Culture and Cosmos. He also serves as Programme Director of the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology.


Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum is an expert in the history, theory and practice of ancient astrology, focusing on the Mediterranean region from the Hellenistic and Ptolemaic periods through Late Antiquity. She is a tutor on the MA in Cultural Astronomy and Astrology at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She received her PhD in Combined Historical Studies from the Warburg Institute, University of London in 2009, under the supervision of Charles Burnett. The book based on her thesis was published in 2016 by Brill as The Daimon in Hellenistic Astrology: Origins and Influence. She has a special interest in the history and doctrine of astrological lots, and has lectured and written extensively on them at conferences and in print.

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