ARATUS , ofSoli in
See also:Cilicia, Greek didactic poet, a contemporary of
See also:Callimachus and
See also:Theocritus, was
See also:born about 315 B.C . He was invited (about 276) to the
See also:court of Antigonus Gonatas of
See also:Macedonia, where he wrote his most famous poem, 4atvbp.eva (Appearances, or Phenomena) . He then spent some
See also:time with
See also:Antiochus I. of
See also:Syria; but subsequently returned to Macedonia, where he died about 245 . Aratus's only extant
See also:works are two
See also:short poems, or two fragments of his one poem, written in hexameters; an imitation of a
See also:work on astronomy by
See also:Eudoxus of
See also:Cnidus, and Atooipseia (on
See also:weather signs), chiefly from
See also:Theophrastus . The work has all the characteristics of the Alexandrian school of
See also:poetry . Although Aratus was ignorant of astronomy, his poem attracted the favourable
See also:notice of distinguished specialists, such as
See also:Hipparchus, who wrote commentaries upon it . Amongst the Romans it enjoyed a high reputation (Ovid, 4mores, i . 15, 16) .
See also:Cicero, Caesar Germanicus and
See also:Avienus translated it; the two last versions and fragments of Cicero's are still extant . Quintilian (Instil. x . 1, 55) is less enthusiastic . Virgil has imitated the Prognostica to some extentin the Georgics .
See also:verse from the opening invocation to
See also:Zeus has become famous from being quoted by St Paul (Acts xvii . 28) . Several accounts of his
See also:life are extant, by
See also:anonymous Greek writers . Editio princeps, 1499;
See also:Buhle, 1793; Maass, 1893; Aratea (1892), Commentariorum in Aratum Reliquiae (1898), by the same .
See also:translations: Lamb, 1848; Poste, 188o; R .
See also:Brown, 1885;
See also:Prince, 1895 . On recently discovered fragments, see H . I .
See also:Bell, in Classical Quarterly,
See also:April 1907; also Berliner Klassikertexte, Heft v . 1, PP . 47-54 .
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