Ptolemy Seleucus( Greco-Egyptian astrologer I in. AD)
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Biography Ptolemy Seleucus
Worked in Rome. He gave astrological consultations to people from the highest strata of society. Tacitus described him as ambitious and unscrupulous astrologers who only thanks to his skill has influence and power. Ptolemy Seleucus also referred to by Suetonius, Plutarch and Juvenal. He was the favorite astrologer Otho, but after the appointment of the last governor of Lusitania in 58 g.
Ptolemy Seleucus remained in Rome. Soon he got the location of Poppaea Sabina, which 62 g. became the wife of Emperor Nero. After the death of Poppaea in 65 g. Ptolemy Seleucus went to the Lusitania with his former patron. Back in the old days, he promised Otho, that he will survive Nero, and now announced that he would soon become emperor. Reassured Otho began to prepare for a political plot. In the summer of 68 g. Nero died, and conspiracy entered the active phase. In January, 69 g. Ptolemy Seleucus reached the peak of its influence on the affairs of the Roman Empire. The conspirators clearly followed the instructions of Ptolemy Selevka, acting, or, conversely, waiting according to his calculations. 15 я¦п+п¦п¦я-я¦ 69 g. Otho really became emperor. However, his reign was very short-lived. Defeated at the Battle of Bedriake against his rival, Vitellius, Otho committed suicide on April 16 that year. On the fate of Ptolemy Seleucus knew nothing. Vitellius came to power, decreed that all astrologers should leave Rome and Italy before October 1, 69 g. Seleucus, Ptolemy, apparently, was among the exiles.