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Berosus was a famous Mesopotamian priest and astrologer born about 330 b.c.e. He left his native land, settled on the Greek island of Kos, and taught astrology. Berosus is attributed with introducing astrology to the Greeks, in whose hands it was transformed from a priestly art into an empirical science.



(also Berossus; Greek form of the Babylonian name Belrushu). Born circa 350 B.C.; died 280 B.C. Babylonian historian.

Because of military events in Babylonia, Berosus fled to Greece, where he founded an astrological school on the island of Cos. After returning to his homeland, he compiled a Greek history of Babylonia at the request of Antiochus I; this history was on local legendary and historical traditions. His works have not come down to us. Disconnected, mostly distorted data, attributed to Berosus through a series of intermediate sources, have been preserved in the works of classical and Byzantine historians.


Schnabel, P. Berossos und die babylonisch-hellenistische Literatur. Leipzig, 1923.
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Linne, Regimbartia attenuata (Fabricius), Berosus pulchellus Mackleay, Hydrovatus acuminatus Motschulsky, Hypophorus sp.
The content was falsely attributed to Berosus, Fabius Pictor, Cato, Manetho and others.
Other taxa that were present in small numbers, so that we cannot be sure if they were systematically moving upstream, include larvae of the giant water bug Abedus herberti (Hemiptera: Belostomatidae), adults of Berosus (Coleoptera: Hydrophilidae), tadpoles of the canyon treefrog Hyla arenicolor (Hylidae), longfin dace Rhinichthys chrysogaster (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae), and mosquitofish Gambusia affinis (Cyprinodontiformes: Poecilidae).
A10, A11, B4, C2, D9 Gyrinus maculiventris LeConte: D10 Family Haliplidae Peltodytes duodecimpunctatus (Say): A2, A3, A8, A9, A10, A11, A16, B2, B3, C2, C7, C9, C10, D7, D8, D9, D11, D12 Peltodytes edentulus (LeConte): A3, A8, A16, D9 Peltodytes lengi Roberts: A2, A9, A11, B5, C5, C8, C9, C10, D1, D2, D7, D8, D11, D12 Peltodytes sexmaculatus Roberts: A8, B5, D3, D11 Family Hydrophilidae Berosus spp.
A long sates pitch for a financial newsletter notes that the great Chaldean philosopher Berosus predicted way back in the second century that the world would end in October of the year 2001 .
The marginal notes in the opening pages of the quarto would do Jonson proud as they refer both to arcane and better known historians, such as Annius de Viterbo, Berosus, Wolfgangus Lazius, John Bale, John Price, John Caius, and John Leland.