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New (Readable) Translations

Former Kepler student Andrea Gehrz has published two new translations that bring readable language to ancient texts.

The first book is an edited translation of Vettius Valens of Antioch, Anthology, Book One. Vettius Valens was a 2nd Century astrologer and his anthology is the largest treatise on astrology from that period. This work is also important because Valens traveled throughout the Hellenistic world, gathering astrological doctrines. Gehrz brings her deep understanding of Hellenistic Astrology combined with her linguistic skills to provide a very readable translation of this astrological work. I hope that the other volumes of Valens' Anthology will be coming soon.

Gehrz_TetrabiblosThe second book is An Introduction to the Tetrabiblos of Ptolemy by Porphyry of Tyre. Porphyry lived about 100 years after Valens, approximately 234-305 CE, and wrote numerous books ranging from musical theory to philosophy and astrology. This work introduces the astrological concepts presented by Ptolemy in the Tetrabiblos. Gehrz not only provides a very readable translation, but an excellent brief introduction to the work, placing it in context and highlighting some of the issues and concepts involved.

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