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Table with astronomical and astrological positions: Fifth century

This large piece was once probably sixteen columns wide, twice as wide as it is now. The columns recorded the zodiacal positions of the Sun, Moon and five planets (Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Venus, Mercury), and various astrological concepts. These data were those applicable at the time of birth of a person whose name is now lost; the moment has been computed as 4 a.m. on 7 July, AD 430.

This is an almost unique survival from antiquity; only one other fragment, also from Oxyrhynchus but largely illegible, is comparable (The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol.LXI no.4286).

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol.LXV no.4477