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Fortune Telling and Horoscopes in Ancient Rome

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Fortune Telling and Horoscopes in Ancient Rome
Introduction
The Roman’s belief in fortune telling and horoscopes was built upon the Babylonian, Greek and Egyptian belief. Without the older civilizations’ already attained knowledge in religion and astrology, the Romans would not have known much about it or used astrology or astronomy in their daily lives.

The Babylonians
Astronomy and astrology began when the Babylonians started star watching.
They were the first civilization to start studying about the stars.
Began to name the stars and constellations based off of their legends and myths.
The Egyptians
The Egyptians wrote their horoscopes on papyrus.
They were the first civilization to record their horoscopes and fortunes.
They used many fortune tellers for advice on upcoming years and harvests.
The Greeks
The Greeks were the first group of people to start predicting the movement of the stars and planets.
They turned stargazing into an actual science.
The Greek sailors used the position of the stars for navigation.
They believed that their gods dealt heavily in horoscopes and fortunes.
The Greeks believed heavily in the use of oracles for fortunes and prophecies.
The Romans
The Romans widely accepted the beliefs in astronomy, oracles and omens.
Greek speaking slaves played a huge role in Roman speech and helped in the education of richer Romans.
Many Romans didn't just tell horoscopes and fortunes but also dwelled in other art forms of magic called divination.
Romans also believed in oracles called sibyls which were usually women.
Conclusion
The Greeks, Egyptians and Babylonians were heavily influential in not only the astrology aspect of Roman culture but in all aspects of it.
Without older civilization’s influence in fortune telling and horoscopes, the Romans would have had a totally different way of living and making decisions.
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