Hephaistios of Thebes -Apotelesmatics (Book II) 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 II

(Greek Track Volume XV)

Table of Contents

Translator’s Preface ………………………………………………………………………………………………….. v

Book II of Hephaistio’s Apotelesmatics
          Prooemium …………………………………………………………………………………………………….. 1
          1. Concerning Conception and Birth …………………………………………………………………… 1
          2. Concerning the Degree Marking the Hour ……………………………………………………….. 8
          3. Concerning the Dividing Up and Ordering of Natal Theory ………………………………… 14
          4. Concerning Parents ……………………………………………………………………………………. 16
          5. On the Predeceasing of the Parents …………………………………………………………….. 18
          6. Concerning Siblings ……………………………………………………………………………………. 18
          7. Concerning Males and Females ……………………………………………………………………. 20
          8. Concerning Twins ………………………………………………………………………………………. 20
          9. Concerning Monsters ………………………………………………………………………………….. 20
          10. Concerning Those Who Go Unnourished ……………………………………………………… 20
          11. Concerning the Length of Life According to the Truth and Ptolemy ………………….. 28
          12. Concerning Bodily Form and Mixture ……………………………………………………………. 46
          13. Concerning Bodily Injuries and Ailments ………………………………………………………. 47
          14. Concerning the Lot of Injury ………………………………………………………………………. 51
          15. Concerning Quality of Soul …………………………………………………………………………. 52
          16. Concerning Ailments of the Soul ………………………………………………………………….. 52
          17. Concerning Fortune Pertaining to Acquisition ………………………………………………… 53
          18. Concerning Fortune Pertaining to Rank ………………………………………………………… 53
          19. Concerning the Quality of Action …………………………………………………………………. 66
          20. Concerning Slaves …………………………………………………………………………………….. 68
          21. Concerning Marriage and Sexual Union ………………………………………………………… 68
          22. Concerning Children ………………………………………………………………………………….. 70
          23. Concerning Friends and Enemies ………………………………………………………………… 71
          24. Concerning Travel Abroad ………………………………………………………………………….. 73
          25. Concerning the Quality of Death …………………………………………………………………. 75
          26. Concerning the Division of the Times …………………………………………………………… 76
          27. Concerning the Year ………………………………………………………………………………….. 80
          28. Concerning the Month and Day …………………………………………………………………… 82
          29. Divisions of 10 years and 9 months ……………………………………………………………… 83
          30. Concerning the Time-Lordship of Kronos ………………………………………………………. 85
          31. Concerning the Time-Lordship of Zeus …………………………………………………………. 88
          32. Concerning the Time-Lordship of Ares ………………………………………………………….. 91
          33. Concerning the Time-Lordship of the Sun ……………………………………………………… 94
          34. Concerning the Time-Lordship of Aphrodite …………………………………………………… 97
          35. Concerning the Time-Lordship of Hermes ……………………………………………………. 100
          36. Concerning the Time-Lordship of the Moon ………………………………………………….. 102

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