Ancient Greek Divination by Sarah Iles Johnston

By Sarah Iles Johnston

The 1st English-language survey of old Greek divinatory equipment, historic Greek Divination bargains a extensive but designated remedy of the earliest makes an attempt through historical Greeks to hunt the assistance of the gods.

  • Offers in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners, selfmade equipment of foretelling the long run, magical divinatory suggestions, and masses extra
  • Illustrates how the learn of divination illuminates the mentalities of historic Greek religions and societies

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Studies Presented to F. Ll. Griffith (Oxford 1932) 218–32. Manetti, Giovanni. Theories of the Sign in Classical Antiquity (1987; Eng. trans. Bloomington IN and Indianapolis 1993). Maurizio, Lisa. “Anthropology and Spirit Possession: A Reconsideration of the Pythia’s Role at Delphi,” Journal of Hellenic Studies 115 (1995) 69–86. Miller, Patricia Cox. Dreams in Late Antiquity: Studies in the Imagination of a Culture (Princeton 1994). Parker, Robert. A. D. M. de Ste. Croix on his 75th Birthday, History of Political Thought Vol.

On a horse with wings, Bellerophon is killing the mighty three-bodied Fire-breathing monster. My eyes dart everywhere. 12; compare Plutarch, Oracles 395a–b). In short, if people came to an oracle hoping to experience a close encounter with the divine, they achieved it only after encountering plenty of humans as well. Most ancient oracles did not provide the sorts of mystical experiences that happen while one sits alone on a mountain peak or in a desert. In this and the next chapter, I will reconstruct as far as possible what sort of divine encounter each of several oracles offered – how they worked and what place they held in the imaginations of their clients.

Such stories may be completely fictional (certainly, the priests weren’t snatching meat in later periods), but their greed nonetheless became proverbial (Oxyrhynchus Papyrus 1800 fr. 22 = Paroem. Gr. II, 154). Other oracular shrines also made sure their personnel were well fed. At the Amphiareion, for example, priests received one shoulder of meat and the hide from each animal that was sacrificed; the meat was eaten and the hides were probably sold to tanners at a nice profit, as was the case at most sanctuaries.

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