Teucer of Babylon

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Teucer of Babylon (also spelled Teukros and Tinkalūŝā[1]) was an ancient Egyptian astrologer of uncertain date, though possibly of the first century AD.[2] He is used as a source by Vettius Valens.

The 'Babylon' in his name is the Babylon Fortress near Cairo, not the ancient city in Mesopotamia.


  1. ^ Panaino, Antonio (2002). "Teukros of Babylon". The Melammu Project. Retrieved 20 July 2017.
  2. ^ Holden, James Herschel (23 August 2006). A History of Horoscopic Astrology. Tempe, AZ: American Federation of Astrologers. pp. 32–33. ISBN 0-866-90463-8. first published 1 October 1996

External links[edit]

"Don't forget about the Decans". Beyond the Heaven. 6 June 2013. Retrieved 20 July 2017.

His name Teucer seems to be a pseudonym in view of the archer in the Iliad hinting to his ‚stochastic‘ art. The origin „from Babylon“ means the Egyptian district Babylon, today Fostat (Fustat), Cairo. date: he lived between the end of the second century B.C. and the middle of the first century B.C.

He combined the zodiac with melothesia and geoygraphy, and created many unconventional constellations und is very important for the paranatellonta (constellations that rise together with certain degrees of the zodiacal signs).

He was read perhaps by Virgil, and largely used by Manilius (Augustean-Tibe¬rian epoch), Vettius Valens, Antiochos, Firmicus Maternus, Iulianos of Laodikeia, Rhetorios, Ab_ Ma_šar, Johannes Kamateros, and Giordano Bruno. It seems to have been a medio-persan (third century) and an Arabian translation.

We know fragments of three texts: 1. paranatellonta of the 36 decans, ed. F. Boll, Sphaera (1903), 16-21), id. , CCAG VII (1908), 156-214; the end from Aquarius 18° until Pisces 30°: W. Hübner, Grade und Gradbezirke (1995), I 126f., aside with Latin trans¬lation, probably from 10th century) and Commentary II 94-103 2. paranatellonta of certain degrees of the zodiacal signs (withe some hexametrical traces), ed. F. Boll, Sphaera (1903), 41-52; W. Hübner, ibid. I 108-127 (from Aries 1° until Aquarius 18°, aside with Latin translation, probably from 10th century) and Commentary II 1-93 3. paranatellonta of the decans, ed. St. Weinstock, CCAG IX 2 (1953), p. 180-186: *

Bibliography: D. Pingree, The Yavanajātaka of Sphujidhvaja (1978), II 442-443 W. Hübner, Grade und Gradbezirke (1995) Id., Manilius, Astronomica V (2010).