Culture and Cosmos is a peer-reviewed academic journal in the history of astrology and cultural astronomy published by the Sophia Centre Press in partnership with the Sophia Centre for the Study of Cosmology in Culture, Faculty of Humanitiies and the Performing Arts, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David

We are currently seeking submissions for future volumes of Culture and Cosmos.

Volume 17-1

Ϲελήνη Τοξότῃ: Business and Astrology in the Papyri

Giuliano Masola and Nicola Reggiani


A private letter on papyrus found in the ancient Egyptian city of Oxyrhynchus (P.Oxy. LXV 4483, 194 ce) offers a unique instance of practical use of astrology in ancient times. A deep examination of the text and of the astrological event cited in it (a position of the Moon in Sagittarius, particularly favourable for making deals) will be provided, with references to other documents, ancient horoscopes, and literary texts, in order to show how the study of ancient astrology can prove useful to understand texts and artifacts, and how star-gazing was influential in every aspect of everyday life, as often happens even today.

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