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Who were the first fortune tellers recorded in historical documents?

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The first fortune tellers recorded in historical documents are Greek astrologers of the first century A.D. While other forms of divination predate the Greek astrologers, there is scant historical record of their identities.

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Who were the first fortune tellers recorded in historical documents?
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In Western history, the strongest written record of fortunetelling belongs to the astrologers of ancient Greece and Egypt. Manilus wrote astrological texts in 14 A.D. Dorotheus of Sidon wrote the earliest surviving text on electional astrology, or the art of choosing auspicious times. Claudius Ptolemy, a scientist and astrologer who practiced astrology in Egypt in the second century, conceptualized astrology within the framework of Aristotelian philosophy. Astrologers still study his work.

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