Anubio, a Greek elegiac poet, lived in Egypt under the Early Roman Empire (first – third cent. AD). His poem of astrological content – the title of which is lost – is based on a manual dating back to the Hellenistic period (third – first cent. BC), which is also not preserved. This manual was used by several other astrologers, including the poet Dorotheos of Sidon, the prose writer known as Manetho, and also through a Latin author, Firmicus Maternus.
Anubio attracted the attention of scholars since the latin nineteenth century. Through the recent publication of several Greek papyri, some hitherto unknown fragments of the poem were restored, allowing a new assessment of the whole. The scholarly edition published a few years ago is not satisfactory ; it is necessary to reevaluate the available material, a task which will be undertaken by the principal investigator.
This first part will help to develop a second sub-project, to be executed by a research assistant : she will situate the poem of Anubio in its literary setting, following a perspective of literary genres. Anubio is the only know Greek astrologer to have used elegiacs, a metric form linked – among other sub-genres – to didactic poetry. How can we explain that Dorotheos used hexameters to perform the same task ? Where should we place Anubio in relation to the Hellenistic tradition, or to the Latin didactic poets of his time ?
When this project is brought to completion, we shall have a full edition of fragments and testimonies, with commentary, as well as an overall assessment of Anubio’s place in the literary context of his time.