Fifthly, I do not think that Hellenistic Astrology was intended to be a divinatory art by its founders, if by divination we mean a way of understanding the will of the gods (as the Babylonians evidently understood their astrology). One of the reasons I hold this opinion is the lack of anything like horary astrology in our surviving sources, horary being arguably a divinatory application of astrology. I maintain instead that it was developed as a discipline for rendering human life intelligible (and meaningful) in the manner of a Classical Greek epistēmē—that is, a way of coming to knowledge about a given human life as a whole.
Dorotheus's Book 5 is the oldest treatise on horary and electional astrology that has come down to us.
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