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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


Introduction. The Shape and Nature of Mantological Material as Factors for Exegesis

Michael Fishbane

in Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198266990
eISBN:
9780191600593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198266995.003.0016
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Introduces the topic of mantological exegesis, this being the interpretation and reinterpretation of prophecies, oracles, and other prognostications over time. The discussion begins with a ... More


The Mantological Exegesis of Dreams, Visions, and Omens

Michael Fishbane

in Biblical Interpretation in Ancient Israel

Published in print:
1988
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198266990
eISBN:
9780191600593
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198266995.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, Judaism

Treats the mantological exegesis of dreams, visions, and omens. It begins with a form‐critical presentation of their related types and terms; it also discusses some of the technical means and modes ... More


The tangled ways of Zeus

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter examines the presentation of Zeus in Aeschylus' Agamemnon. He desires that Agamemnon should lead the Greek army to punish the Trojans for Paris's abduction of Helen, yet sends an omen ... More


The omen of Aulis or the omen of Argos?

Alan H. Sommerstein

in The Tangled Ways of Zeus: And Other Studies In and Around Greek Tragedy

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199568314
eISBN:
9780191723018
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199568314.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter notes that the omen of the eagles and the hare (Aeschylus, Agamemnon 108–20) is described as having appeared to Agamemnon and Menelaus ‘near the house’, and argues that the ‘house’ ... More


The Astronomical Situation around the Year 1000

Bradldy E. SchaeFer

in The Apocalyptic Year 1000: Religious Expectation and Social Change, 950-1050

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195161625
eISBN:
9780199849666
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195161625.003.0017
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

Humanity has a long record of reacting strongly to heavenly spectacles. Celestial events can be regarded as omens for many reasons. Eclipses and meteor showers impress any observer with the awesome ... More


Animal Magic

Ariel Glucklich

in The End of Magic

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195108798
eISBN:
9780199853434
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195108798.003.0015
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

No clear demarcation line separates humans from animals in Banaras, either in theory or in practice. Just as Americans speak English with little reflection on rules of grammar, so Banarsis interact ... More


The foundation

Augusto Fraschetti

in The Foundation of Rome

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780748621200
eISBN:
9780748651030
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621200.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter pays more attention to certain highly typical features related to the auspices and the death of Remus. With regard to the auspices, it notes those of the twins' attributes that might be ... More


The House of Death

Ralph O'Connor

in The Destruction of Da Derga's Hostel: Kingship and Narrative Artistry in a Mediaeval Irish Saga

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199666133
eISBN:
9780191744693
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666133.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

The momentum of the first half of the saga is further sustained by devices which underscore the perceptions of the protagonists involved. Besides formal prophecies, Conaire's last journey is ... More


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