Educated by Menecrates in Ephesus and Philitas on Cos, Aratus then became a disciple of Praxiphones in Athens. Around 276 BC he was invited to the court of Antigonus II Gonatas, King of Macedonia, and whose victory over the Gauls in 277 was set to verse by Aratus. It was at this time that he produced his didactic poem Phaenomena (Astronomy or Appearances) in 1154 hexameters and describing the relative position of the main stars and constellations and their risings and settings. The last 400 lines of the poem deal with meteorology and have been given the title Diosemeia (weather signs). It is the only extant work and was extremely popular in its time. It has also been translated in both verse and prose versions in our time and into Latin by Cicero. Many other works have been attributed to Aratus, but none have survived.
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c. 277 BC
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