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Technical Notes on the History of Astrology

ISSN: 2975-8742

The Astra Papers are scholarly peer-reviewed research materials on the history of astrological practices and techniques, published under the umbrella of the Astra Project. They offer short or very focused studies on textual, artistic, or material historical astrological sources. These include analyses of manuscripts or printed texts, technical studies on astrological materials, editions of astrological documents, and other works on pre-modern practices and techniques of astrology. The Astra Papers are open-content and are available for download below.

The Astra Project is an international, multidisciplinary project for the study of the history of western astrological doctrines, techniques, and practices from antiquity to the early modern period. The project is housed at CIUHCT, University of Lisbon, in partnership with The Warburg Institute, University of London and the IKGF, University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Coordinator: Luís Campos Ribeiro

Published papers

Ashmole MS 209: a case of mistaken identity

Sue Ward

Technical note no. 1, version 1, Lisbon, 14 February 2023 |

An error in the description of two volumes within the Ashmolean collection, made by Edward Lhuyd (1659/60-1709), has led to a continuing misapprehension of the authorship of some of the manuscripts. In this review, the authorship of one of them is proved externally and confirmed internally and demonstrates the correct authorship, and that these astrological charts are not those of William Lilly.

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