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Oedipus Romanus: Proving Twelve Caesars are the Twelve Signs of The Zodiac

Oedipus Romanus: Proving Twelve Caesars are the Twelve Signs of The Zodiac

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The Oedipus Romanus:
Or An Attempt To Prove That The Twelve Caesars Are The Twelve Signs Of The Zodiac

By Rev G Townsend

Printed by A.J. Valpy, Tooke's Court Chancy Lane. Sold By J. Hatched 190 Picadilly, London, 1819. Half leather binding. 147 pages.

A most curious work, inspired by the "Oedipus Judaicus" of Sir William Drummond who argued "that the antient Jews, like the other nations of antiquitiy, had their esoteric, and their exoteric doctrines" and that sections of the Old Testament were actually an allegorical interpretation of the astrological / astronomical beliefs and writings of the ancients.

Townsend suggests that Drummond's methods of analysis can be equally well applied elsewhere, suggesting that "the Roman historians, Tacitus, Suetonius, &c., had their esoteric and exoteric doctrines: they are enigmatical writers, and concealed certain truths from the vulgar under the disguise of a most candid, and impartial statement of facts." In particular he suggest that the twelve Caesars are actually representations of the "welve signs of the Zodiac" - a theory he explores in full in this work.


Ex library and once belonging to St Augustine's College Library Canterbury. With just two ink stamps and a couple of library stickers. Binding good but a little worn, Sticker to front board. All contents present. Pages good thoughout with the ocassional brwon spot. Title page a little spotted. Overall good ex library.
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