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Le devin historien en Mésopotamie

Author: Jean-Jacques Glassner
Publisher: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2019]
Series: Ancient magic and divination, 16.
Edition/Format:   Print book : FrenchView all editions and formats
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Le devin historien en Mesopotamie' is a combined study of divination and historiography. More than mere custodians of historical memory, diviners approached omens as written signs and developed a sophisticated semiology to recognize and order them. Diviners perceived omens as potentially rich in various meanings and cultivated an elaborate hermeneutic for working these out using hypothetical and inductive reasoning.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jean-Jacques Glassner
ISBN: 9789004390058 9004390057
OCLC Number: 1066189831
Language Note: In French; with excerpts in Sumerian and Akkadian with parallel French translation.
Description: xxvi, 606 pages illustrations ; 25 cm.
Series Title: Ancient magic and divination, 16.
Responsibility: by Jean-Jacques Glassner.

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Le devin historien en Mesopotamie' is a combined study of divination and historiography. More than mere custodians of historical memory, diviners approached omens as written signs and developed a sophisticated semiology to recognize and order them. Diviners perceived omens as potentially rich in various meanings and cultivated an elaborate hermeneutic for working these out using hypothetical and inductive reasoning. Even if omens were removed from the recorded facts, diviners endowed them with a wide range of possibilities. Divination sought to establish links among historical, cosmic, and natural events because it investigated at once the past, present, and future. The first study of its kind since 1946, when only about 60 historical omens were known, this work presents 385 in a comprehensive edition.

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