During this show I interview one of the leading scholars on Medieval astrology in the world today, Dr. Benjamin Dykes.
Last month Dr. Dykes published a translation of a Medieval astrological treatise on horary and electional astrology by al-Kindi titled The Forty Chapters. Al-Kindi was an important source for a number of later horary astrologers such as William Lilly, and Dykes’ translation has showed that Lilly’s use of material from al-Kindi was even more extensive than previously thought.
This show was recorded live on Thursday, May 5, 2011 through our now defunct page on BlogTalkRadio.
During this podcast I discuss the recent release of a full English translation of the Anthology of Vettius Valens by Mark Riley.
Riley, who is a retired classics scholar from California, unexpectedly released a full preliminary translation of the entire Anthology online for free in early December.
He had completed the translation in the mid-90’s when he was still doing work on ancient astrology, but has since moved on, and never got around to publishing the text, until now.
During this impromptu show I discuss the importance of the release of this text, and I provide an overview of the life and work of Valens.