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Researching the History of Astrology with Charles Burnett

In this first episode of the ab Astra podcast we talk with Professor Charles Burnett of The Warburg Institute on the historical study of astrology. The paramount role of astrology in pre-modern cultures and in the very construction of science are some of the topics addressed.

To know more about Professor Burnett’s work visit his page on The Warburg Institute: Here you can find a list of his academic books and papers. One of his most recent publications is The Great Introduction to Astrology by Abū Maʿšar, Arabic ed. and trans. Keiji Yamamoto and Charles Burnett, 2 vols, Leiden 2018 –

Reference works:

al-Qabīṣī (Alcabitius), Introduction to Astrology, Arabic and Latin ed. and trans. Charles Burnett, Keiji Yamamoto and Michio Yano, London 2004.

Marsilio Ficino De vita libri tres (Three Books on Life, 1489) translated by Carol V. Kaske and John R. Clarke, Tempe, Arizona 2002.

Brendan Dooley (ed.), A Companion to Astrology in the Renaissance, Leiden 2014.

David Juste, ‘The Impact of Arabic Sources on European Astrology: Some Facts and Numbers’, Micrologus 24 (2016) 173-194.

Charles Burnett and Dorian Gieseler Greenbaum (eds), From Māshā’allāh to Kepler: Theory and Practice in Medieval and Renaissance Astrology, Ceredigion 2015. Rutkin, Darrel, Sapientia Astrologica: Astrology, Magic and Natural Knowledge, ca. 1250-1800, vol. 1, Berlin 2019.

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