Hephaistios of Thebes -Apotelesmatics (Book I) by Robert Schmidt and Robert Hand

Hephaistio of Thebes (Ἡφαιστίων Θηβαῖος) is an astrologer who wrote a three-book astrological compendium titled Apotelesmatika in the early 5th century CE in Egypt.

His work largely represents a compilation of earlier sources that he either paraphrased or quoted on different topics, and in many instances he preserves material from authors that would otherwise have been lost. Hephaistio’s two primary sources were Dorotheus of Sidon and Claudius Ptolemy.

He is usually referred to as Hephaistio, or sometimes as Hephaestion or Hephaistion of Thebes.

Hephaistio of Thebes: The Apotelesmatics Book I

(Greek Track Volume VI)

Table of Contents

Introduction to Hephaistio of Thebes by Robert Hand …………………………………………………… iii

Translator’s Preface by Robert Schmidt ……………………………………………………………………… viii

The Apotelesmatics of Hephaistio of Thebes ………………………………………………………………… 1

First Universal Book ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
          Preface 1
          1. Concerning the Name and the Power of the Twelfth-parts …………………………………. 3
          2. Concerning the Power of the Seven Wandering Stars ……………………………………… 25
          3. Concerning the Power of the Fixed Stars ……………………………………………………….. 26
          4. Concerning the Formations Farther North than the Zodiac ……………………………….. 28
          5. Concerning the Formations Farther South than the Zodiac ……………………………….. 28
          6. Concerning Trigons According to Dorotheus ……………………………………………………. 30
          7. The Places in Which the Stars Rejoice ……………………………………………………………. 30
          8. Concerning Exaltations ……………………………………………………………………………….. 30
          9. Concerning Sections That Command and Those That Obey ………………………………. 31
          10. Concerning Sections of Equal Power and Those Seeing …………………………………. 31
          11. Concerning Unconnected Sections ………………………………………………………………. 31
          12. Concerning the Difference of the Places ………………………………………………………. 32
          13. Concerning Rulership and Co-rulership ………………………………………………………… 32
          14. Concerning Application and Separation ……………………………………………………….. 33
          15. Concerning Enclosure ……………………………………………………………………………….. 33
          16. Concerning the Hurling of Rays …………………………………………………………………… 34
          17. Concerning Spear-bearing …………………………………………………………………………. 35
          18. Concerning the Twelfth-parts That Are According to Degrees …………………………. 35
          19. Concerning One’s Own Face and Chariots and Thrones …………………………………. 36
          20. Concerning Universal Investigations and Effects …………………………………………… 37
          21. Effects of the Eclipses and Comets That Arise ………………………………………………. 44
          22. Concerning the Signs’ During the Eclipse ……………………………………………………… 51
          23. Concerning the Indications of the Arising of the Dog Star and of
                    the Stars Accompanying It ……………………………………………………………………… 53
          24. Concerning the Colors in Eclipses and Comets ……………………………………………… 58
          25. Concerning the Significance of Meteorological Phenomena ……………………………… 61

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