A Brief History of Ancient Astrology
November 2006, Wiley-Blackwell
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“[Beck’s] writing is clear, lively and accessible; concepts and technical details are well explained…” (The Classical Review, Vol 58 No. 1 2008)
"This is a work likely to entice readers to further pursue the subject … Recommended." (Choice)
"Roger Beck’s book does credit to the author: It is clear, and, possibly most importantly, it gives its reader a taste of what the study of ancient astrology may be like ... Should one look for an introduction to the extremely complex field of study, Roger Beck’s book is an excellent choice." (Bryn Mawr Classical Review)
"Written in a charming colloquial style in which the personal voice of the author is present throughout, full of well-intentioned examples from ancient sources, and furnished with useful diagrams, Beck’s book is extremely user friendly … A book that does an excellent job at enabling non-specialists (such as classicists and ancient historians) to grasp both the science that underlies ancient astrology and the mentality that drove it." (Aestimatio: Critical Reviews in the History of Science)"Beck's account is eloquent, compelling, and accessible – even when dealing with technical aspects of horoscopy; it will be of consequence to all those interested in astral symbolism, in semiotics, or in the mentality underlying classical thought."
–Luther H. Martin, University of Vermont