Franz Cumont’s introduction in Astrology and Religion Among The Greek and
Romans, the Dover 1960 edition of the unabridged and unaltered original work
published, by G P Putnam in 1912, is aimed at the general historical and
On reading Franz Cumont introduction it is obvious he is scathing in his comments
towards the practise of astrology. Along with his contempt of the continuing growth
in the belief of astrology and how, throughout humankind, intellects, academics and
ordinary folk continue to show interest in it.1 It will be argued that Franz Cumont is
outdated with his thoughts on the decline of astrology. He makes reference to the
scientific discovery of the …show more content…
This was difficult, but it was not impossible. 4 Therefore
showing how Cumont’s comment; that the planets and their influences made no
sense or difference to humanity after this new scientific discovery, can be considered
Nicholas Campion, author of "Prophecy, Cosmology And The new Age Movement:
The Extent and Nature of Contemporary Belief In Astrology”, also argues against this
theory of the decline of astrology by explaining Patrick Curry’s distinction of a three
tiered astrology in Power and Prophecy. A ‘high’ variety of astrology for the
academics and Philosophers, a ‘middling’ astrology based on horoscopes cast for
individual clients and a third the ‘low’ form of astrology mainly mass-produced
chronicles. Campion suggests that Curry demonstrated that only the ‘high’ form of
astrology declined and the ‘middling’ astrology dwindled in isolated cases, whereas,
the ‘low’ form of astrology continued to grow.5 Illustrating once again that astrology
did not necessarily decline or die with the scientific discovery of the heliocentric
theory as Cumont suggests.
Cumont continues to show his contempt for ancient astrological roots by suggesting
that astral mathematics had been wrapped up in ancient primal superstitions and he is
astonished it could be linked with intellectual
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