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By Sarah Iles Johnston

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

  • Offers in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners, homemade tools of foretelling the longer term, magical divinatory recommendations, and masses extra
  • Illustrates how the learn of divination illuminates the mentalities of old Greek religions and societies

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25 as a literary device, which he treats at length, had already been studied by classical scholars. In the final analysis, the effect that The Greeks and the Irrational had on the study of divination and magic was an interesting mix. As a widely praised book, it began to legitimate interest in all kinds of things that earlier generations of classicists had side-stepped. Without Dodds, it is hard to imagine the surge of work on ancient magic that began in the late 1970s and has continued ever since.

Qxd 19/5/08 11:43 AM Page 31 Why Divination? 31 The history of the history of divination This and the next section comprise an expanded version of remarks I made in “Divining Divination,” in Sarah Iles Johnston and Peter T. , Mantikb: Studies in Ancient Divination (Leiden 2005) 1–28. The original publication includes a fuller bibliography than I am able to offer here. Athanassiadi, Polymnia. s. 15 (1989– 90) 271–8. ——. “Philosophers and Oracles: Shifts of Authority in Late Paganism,” Byzantion 62 (1992) 45–62.

Most oracular sanctuaries also had theaters that could hold hundreds or thousands of people – the capacity of the one at Dodona is estimated at between 17,000 and 20,000. In other words, visiting a major oracle was a bit like visiting the Vatican; you might go in order to have an audience with the pope, but while you were waiting, there was plenty of other stuff to see and do. And, just as with the Vatican, some people who went to oracles had no intention of consulting the god – they came as athletes, as fans of the athletes or simply as tourists.

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