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· The Role and Image of the Seer

Michael Attyah Flower

in The Seer in Ancient Greece

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780520252295
eISBN:
9780520934009
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520252295.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

What the Greeks called “the craft of divination” (mantik ē technē) was the art of interpreting the meaning of signs that were sent by the gods. The god-sent sign was the instrument of mediation ... More


Prayers and Answers

F. S. Naiden

in Smoke Signals for the Gods: Ancient Greek Sacrifice from the Archaic through Roman Periods

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199916405
eISBN:
9780199980277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916405.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter examines the prayers that form the core of sacrifice, points out the moral and theological requirements that both prayers and worshippers must meet, and lays out the multiple means ... More


A God Says No

F. S. Naiden

in Smoke Signals for the Gods: Ancient Greek Sacrifice from the Archaic through Roman Periods

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199916405
eISBN:
9780199980277
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199916405.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

A god’s ability to say yes implies an ability to say no, the subject of this chapter, which surveys varied negative responses to sacrifice, from refusals to give oracles to spectacular bad omens. The ... More


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