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Author Topic: Ancient Greek Divination. Blackwell Ancient Religions.  (Read 5081 times) Average Rating: 0
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« Topic Start: February 18, 2010, 10:59:04 am »

Title: Ancient Greek Divination. Blackwell Ancient Religions.
Author(s): Sarah Iles Johnston
Publisher: Malden, MA/Oxford:  Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date: 2008
ISBN: 1405115734
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
In this contribution to the Blackwell Ancient Religions series, Sarah Iles Johnston explores the primary archaeological, literary, and documentary sources for ancient Greek divination. The introduction argues for the central significance of divination in Greek religion, and it summarizes relevant ancient and modern scholarship. The remaining four chapters are organized around the ancient evidence: two consider "the divine experience" at specific oracles, and two "freelance divination" professionals and their practices. Delphi, Dodona, Claros and Didyma receive special attention, and are set in the context of some other attested oracles. Johnston then explores the societal role and techniques of the mantis, largely as presented in ancient Greek literature. Finally, the last chapter focuses on the evidence of the Greek magical papyri, the links between magic and divination, and (at last) the evolution of ancient Greek religion during the later Roman empire. Each chapter concludes with a three-page bibliography of secondary scholarship; the book ends with indices of primary sources and subjects.

Read the full review at the Bryn Mawr Classic Review web site.

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The first English-language survey of ancient Greek divinatory methods, Ancient Greek Divination offers a broad yet detailed treatment of the earliest attempts by ancient Greeks to seek the counsel of the gods.

    * Offers in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners, do-it-yourself methods of foretelling the future, magical divinatory techniques, and much more
    * Illustrates how the study of divination illuminates the mentalities of ancient Greek religions and societies

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