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By Sarah Iles Johnston

The 1st English-language survey of historic Greek divinatory equipment, old Greek Divination deals a huge but exact therapy of the earliest makes an attempt through old Greeks to hunt the tips of the gods.

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

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Munich 1967 and 1974). qxd 19/5/08 11:44 AM Page 33 CHAPTER 2 The Divine Experience Part One: Delphi and Dodona 1212121 The scene, as many people have imagined it, is somewhat strange. A virgin, robed in white, enters a darkened room at the back of a temple. She sits on a tripod, which is positioned over a chasm in the earth. From the chasm pour forth intoxicating vapors, and as they fill her body, she becomes possessed by Apollo. She speaks for the god in an incoherent voice, and her gibbering message is translated by priests into poetic verse that enquirers will be able to understand.

What This Book Will Do In short, there is a lot of ground to be made up – more than a single volume can hope to cover. The title of this book already indicates one choice that I made soon after I started writing: what I had intended to be a work on Greek and Roman divination was pared back to Greek divination alone, not only because I realized that the two cultures provided more material than I could present in one book but also because, more importantly, I realized that there were significant differences between the types of divination practiced by the two and between the intellectual and social structures that underlay them.

Qxd 19/5/08 11:43 AM Page 23 Why Divination? ). ” In other words, we are to look to the title of his book for the theme that binds together his chapters, such as it is: they are all disquisitions on what he understands to be irrational elements in Greek religion. Several of the chapters touch on divinatory topics; one of the appendices, which had appeared four years earlier as an article in the Journal of Roman Studies, takes up theurgy, a form of magic that flourished in late antiquity and the Renaissance.

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