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The Comet of 44 B.C. and Caesar's Funeral Games by John T. Ramsey, A. Lewis Licht, Brian G. Marsden

The Comet of 44 B.C. and Caesar's Funeral Games

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Part of the American Philological Association American Classical Studies Series

RRP £22.99


The Comet of 44 B.C. and Caesar's Funeral Games by John T. Ramsey, A. Lewis Licht, Brian G. Marsden

This unique collaboration between a classicist and physicist at the University of Illinois at Chicago is the first work to combine the evidence from both China and Rome for the spectacular daylight comet of 44 BC, perhaps the most famous comet in antiquity. This investigation, which also examines allusions to this comet in astrological literature from later antiquity, sheds new light on the significance of the comet as a powerful symbol in the political propaganda that launched Augustus' career.


[Ramsey and Licht] have produced a generally persuasive historical and astrometric analysis ... [For] anyone interested in the portentous events of 44 BC and the emergence of Rome's first emperor into the full light of history, [this] book deserves a place on the shelf. The Ancient World Ramsey and Licht have produced a magnificent piece of interdisciplinary detective work. Astronomy and Geophysics, Royal Astronomical Society

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Publication date

1st May 1997


John T. Ramsey, A. Lewis Licht, Brian G. Marsden

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Oxford University Press Inc


256 pages


European history
Ancient history: to c 500 CE
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