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Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia

Marc Van De Mieroop

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157184
eISBN:
9781400874118
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157184.001.0001
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

There is a growing recognition that philosophy isn’t unique to the West, that it didn’t begin only with the classical Greeks, and that Greek philosophy was influenced by Near Eastern traditions. Yet ... More


Divination and Sacrifice in Song Neo-Confucianism

Joseph A. Adler

in Teaching Confucianism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195311600
eISBN:
9780199870707
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195311600.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The earliest known form of Chinese religion is the ritual dyad of divination and sacrifice practiced by the rulers of the Shang Dynasty (fourteenth to eleventh centuries B.C.E.). This chapter ... More


Living with Embodied Omens

Margaret Lock

in The Alzheimer Conundrum: Entanglements of Dementia and Aging

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691149783
eISBN:
9781400848461
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691149783.003.0008
Subject:
Anthropology, Social and Cultural Anthropology

This chapter begins with a brief consideration of the anthropological literature on divination. This is followed by a condensed discussion composed primarily of ethnographic research findings about ... More


Introduction

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/9780199548569.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

The Greeks perceived mental experiences of exceptional intensity as resulting from divine intervention. To share in the immortals' knowledge, one had to liberate the soul from the burden of the ... More


One-Move Puzzles with Mathematical Content

Anany Levitin

in The Mathematics of Various Entertaining Subjects: Research in Recreational Math

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691164038
eISBN:
9781400881338
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691164038.003.0002
Subject:
Mathematics, History of Mathematics

This chapter provides a survey of mathematical puzzles solvable in one move. The types considered are divination puzzles, weighing puzzles, rearrangement puzzles, dissection puzzles, and folding ... More


Oracles Support Divine Justice

Mary Douglas

in Leviticus as Literature

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199244195
eISBN:
9780191600548
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199244197.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This chapter dips into anthropological studies of oracles to illustrate the scale of the gap made by the abolition of oracles. Two things about the priestly laws would make more sense if priestly use ... More


Demons

Anthony Ossa-Richardson

in The Devil's Tabernacle: The Pagan Oracles in Early Modern Thought

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157115
eISBN:
9781400846597
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157115.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter describes in some detail the place of the oracles in Christian theology. In the sixteenth century, the pagan oracles became anchored firmly in Christian demonology, whose foundation had ... More


Omen Lists in Babylonian Culture

Marc Van De Mieroop

in Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157184
eISBN:
9781400874118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157184.003.0004
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines Babylonian divinatory writings that guided the interpretation of the signs of the gods, with particular emphasis on the omen lists. These writings are overly abundant and highly ... More


The Structure of Knowledge of the Universe

Marc Van De Mieroop

in Philosophy before the Greeks: The Pursuit of Truth in Ancient Babylonia

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691157184
eISBN:
9781400874118
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691157184.003.0005
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter focuses on Babylonian omen lists. The omen was always part of a list that presented a series of individual cases. With its interest in every aspect of the universe, divination’s scope ... More


The Religion of Israel

J. Day

in Text in Context: Essays by Members of the Society for Old Testament Study

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
April 2004
ISBN:
9780198263913
eISBN:
9780191601187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198263910.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This is the last of six chapters on the Old Testament and its authors, and its subject is the religion of Israel. The introduction to the chapter briefly reviews previous work on this subject. The ... More


Divination and Its Range of Influence

Jon D. Mikalson

in Greek Popular Religion in Greek Philosophy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199577835
eISBN:
9780191723063
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577835.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

In Socratic literature divination is a featured return from the gods for ‘service’ to them and helps form the ‘partnership’ of gods and men. Virtually all philosophers except Xenophanes and Epicurus ... More


Egyptian Religion and the Problem of the Category “Sacrifice”

David Frankfurter

in Ancient Mediterranean Sacrifice

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199738960
eISBN:
9780199918676
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199738960.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

Exploring ancient sacrifice from the perspective of Egyptian religion, David Frankfurter calls into question the notion that sacrifice was as central to ancient religion as many contemporary scholars ... More


Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Peter T. Struck

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This book casts a new perspective on the rich tradition of ancient divination—the reading of divine signs in oracles, omens, and dreams. Popular attitudes during classical antiquity saw these ... More


The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko: One Woman's Transit from Tokugawa to Meiji Japan

Laura Nenzi

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780824839574
eISBN:
9780824869656
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:
10.21313/hawaii/9780824839574.001.0001
Subject:
History, Asian History

The Chaos and Cosmos of Kurosawa Tokiko is the story of a rural Mito woman – a political activist, oracle, poet, and teacher – whose life coincided with the late-Tokugawa crisis, the collapse of the ... More


Afterword

Mark Williams

in Fiery Shapes: Celestial Portents and Astrology in Ireland and Wales 700–1700

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199571840
eISBN:
9780191594434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199571840.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature, Mythology and Folklore

This last chapter contrasts the literary handling of portents and astrological material in Ireland and Wales, focusing on the representation of persons with expertise in interpreting such signs. It ... More


The Signifying Creator: Nontextual Sources of Meaning in Ancient Judaism

Michael D. Swartz

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814740934
eISBN:
9780814723784
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814740934.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

For centuries, Jews have been known as the “people of the book.” It is commonly thought that Judaism in the first several centuries CE found meaning exclusively in textual sources. But there is ... More


The Chain of Things: Divinatory Magic and the Practice of Reading in German Literature and Thought, 1850-1940

Eric Downing

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781501715907
eISBN:
9781501715938
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501715907.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, European Literature

This book explores connections between the practices of reading and magic during the realist and modernist periods in German literature and thought, with a particular focus on divination. Divination, ... More


Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism

Steven Connor

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198184331
eISBN:
9780191674204
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198184331.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

Why can none of us hear our own recorded voice without wincing? Why is the telephone still full of such spookiness and erotic possibility? Why does the metaphor of ventriloquism, the art of ‘seeming ... More


Seneca on Lightning and Divination

Gareth Williams

in The Cosmic Viewpoint: A Study of Seneca's Natural Questions

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780199731589
eISBN:
9780199933112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731589.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval, Ancient Greek, Roman, and Early Christian Philosophy

Central to Natural Questions 2, on the nature of lightning and thunder, is Seneca's critique of divination by lightning: in particular, he focuses on the Etruscan art of divination, testing it ... More


Homo Fictor Deorum Est: Envisioning the Divine in Late Antique Divinatory Spells

Jan N. Bremmer and Andrew Erskine

in The Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748637980
eISBN:
9780748670758
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748637980.003.0022
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter starts by examining the fact that for most of Greek history, gods’ visits to humans were hard to discern--one never could be sure when or if a god were present, even within divinatory ... More


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