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Ancient divination and experience

Author: Lindsay Gayle Driediger-Murphy; Esther Eidinow
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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This volume sets out to re-examine what ancient people - primarily those in ancient Greek and Roman communities, but also Mesopotamian and Chinese cultures - thought they were doing through divination, and what this can tell us about the religions and cultures in which divination was practised. The chapters, authored by a range of established experts and upcoming early-career scholars, engage with four shared  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lindsay Gayle Driediger-Murphy; Esther Eidinow
ISBN: 0198844549 9780198844549
OCLC Number: 1088519631
Description: 296 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction / Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy, Esther Eidinow --
Augur anxieties in the ancient Near East / Scott B. Noegel --
Testing the oracle : on the experience of (multiple) oracular consultations / Esther Eidinow --
Euxenippos at Oropos : dreaming for Athens / Hugh Bowden --Whose dream is it anyway : navigating the significance of dreams in the ancient world / Jason P. Davies --
A reconsideration of the Pythia' s use of lots : constraints and chance in Delphic divination / Lisa Maurizio --
Making sense of chaos : civil war, dynasties, and family trees / Andrew Stiles --
Prodigies in the Early Principate / Federico Santangelo --
Unsuccessful sacrifice in Roman state divination / Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy --
Divination and the 'real presence' of the divine in ancient Greece / Michael A. Flower --
The Pythia at Delphi: A Cognitive Reconstruction of Oracular Possession / Quinton Deeley --
Which gods if any : gods, cosmologies, and their implications for Chinese and Greek divination / Lisa Raphals. Expertise and authority --
Signs and control --
Divine presence?
Responsibility: edited by Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy and Esther Eidinow.

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How did people in the ancient world experience their attempts to communicate with divine powers? This volume seeks to re-examine divination in ancient Greek, Roman, Mesopotamian, and Chinese cultures  Read more...

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