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Oracles and Caves

Yulia Ustinova

in Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199548569
eISBN:
9780191720840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548569.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

This chapter discusses oracles focused on caves and subterranean chambers, such as the prophetic caves belonging to Pan and the Nymphs, oracles of the dead (at Taenarum, Heracleia Pontica, and ... More


Drakōn Gods of Healing

Daniel Ogden

in Drakōn: Dragon Myth and Serpent Cult in the Greek and Roman Worlds

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199557325
eISBN:
9780191745997
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199557325.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Archaeology: Classical

Chapter 9 looks at drakōn gods of healing: the great Asclepius, who moves between his cult sites in the form of an enormous drakōn, and who famously carries a serpent-entwined staff when manifesting ... More


Amphiaraus, Predestined Prophet, Didactic Vates

J. Mira Seo

in Exemplary Traits: Reading Characterization in Roman Poetry

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199734283
eISBN:
9780199344963
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199734283.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

“Amphiaraus, Predestined Prophet, Didactic Vates.” Amphiaraus as prophet embodies the mythological and literary tradition: his self-consciousness about his own destiny seems to represent a metapoetic ... More


‘Consider in the Image of Thebes’: Celestial and Poetic Auspicy in the Thebaid

Eleni Manolaraki

in Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199644094
eISBN:
9780191745010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199644094.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This essay examines Amphiaraus’ auspicy and derivative episodes in the Thebaid from the perspective of Statius’ narrative and narrating contexts. Statius forges an exegetical bond that welds his ... More


Theomachy and the Limits of Epic: Capaneus in Statius’ Thebaid

Pramit Chaudhuri

in The War with God: Theomachy in Roman Imperial Poetry

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199993383
eISBN:
9780190204990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993383.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Poetry and Poets: Classical, Early, and Medieval

The chapter argues that Statius uses the figure of the theomach Capaneus to scrutinise the theology of the Thebaid and of the epic tradition. It focuses on the two main appearances of the hero, his ... More


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