In a few instances the comments are rather unhelpful: "a rare example of catasterism
in Akkadian literature" (p.
In his famous celebration of the catasterism
of Berenice's lock, Callimachus charmingly, even humorously, involves several important themes of the Ptolemaic court.(54) Callimachus' poem (like Conon's `discovery' of his new constellation) responds to what was an actual political issue during the reign of Ptolemy Euergetes, to wit, the question of whether or when the monarch should join himself and Berenice II to the cult of Alexander and the Gods Adelphoi.
If personification as a female acquaintance brings celestial Aurora down to earth in line I, the converse occurs in the metaphorical catasterism
of mortal Roscius in line 2.
The story of the death and catasterism
of Chiron is one of the most charming and skilfully-presented episodes in the Fasti.
However, some important works are missing, as is the case of the [phrase omitted] of Palaephatus and the more serious case of the Catasterisms
of Eratosthenes, a scholar and member of the library of Alexandria who composed, amongst other scholar production, a work on myths of transformations in constellations (the Catasterisms
has been included in every modern compilation of mythographers, for instance the Mythographi Graeci of Westermann, 1843 or Wagner, 1897 [vol.
He uses a variety of frames to approach and interpret the portrayal of the natural world: catasterisms
, cosmology, geography, topography, landscape, and physics.