Ancient astrology

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This fragment of papyrus from the Ancient Lives project shows how people living in Roman Egypt believed in the power of the celestial objects (just as some daily newspaper readers still do today). The fragment (designated P.Oxy. 4300a.) contains the phrases “Venus in Libra”, and “Moon in Acquarius”. It is from the 3rd century AD and is part of the Oxyrhynchus collection housed at the University of Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum. The collection consists of over 500,000 fragments of papyri, and citizens are helping transcribe them via the Ancient Lives project.

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