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Does NOT Include ALL of Hyginus's Guide To Astronomy.
25 May 2015
The description by Amazon "this translation brings together the later summaries from Eratosthenes' lost handbook with a guide to astronomy compiled by Hyginus, librarian to Augustus... these texts provide a complete collection of Greek astral myths" is a bit misleading. The book is an 'anthology' of selections from Hyginus's Astronomy appended to a selection of what there is left of the work of Eratosthenes as summarised by later writers.
The layout of this book does not follow the layout of the originals. In order to present a constellation per section, the translator has given each section the format of (1) summary of Eratosthenes, (2) extract from Hyginus, (3) commentary by translator. The translation of Phaenomena by Aratus is given as a section at the back of the book.
I was hoping that the complete text of Astronomy by Hyginus would be included - as per the misleading description - but it is not.
The translator does explain in his introduction that the book concerns itself only with the presentation of the storylines of myths by Eratosthenes and Hyginus and does not include other related material found in the ancient texts in question. It would be good if the Amazon description was as accurate.
That said, Robin Hard's translation is a good one with helpful commentaries and notes on the text.