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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


Ancient Divination and Experience

Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy and Esther Eidinow (eds)

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198844549
eISBN:
9780191880032
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198844549.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, European History: BCE to 500CE

The introduction to this volume describes the contribution that it makes to scholarship on ancient divinatory practices. It analyses previous and current research, arguing that while this ... More


The Esoteric Sciences

Benjamin F. Soares

in Islam and the Prayer Economy: History and Authority in a Malian Town

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748622856
eISBN:
9780748670635
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748622856.003.0006
Subject:
Society and Culture, African Studies

This chapter focuses on one of the most important sources of Islamic religious authority in contemporary Mali, the disparate Islamic esoteric sciences. Considering the sociology of the knowledge and ... More


Aristotle on Foresight through Dreams

Peter T. Struck

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

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2018
ISBN:
9780691169392
eISBN:
9781400881116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Religion in the Ancient World

This chapter examines Aristotle's thoughts on divination. As with Plato, his most detailed thinking on divination centres on dreams. He positions noncoincidental prescient dreams as examples of ... More


Nature, Gods, and Governance

in What Did the Romans Know?: An Inquiry into Science and Worldmaking

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2013
ISBN:
9780226471143
eISBN:
9780226471150
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226471150.003.0002
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter selects Cicero as the starting point, arguing that the engagement with nature in his thinking is very closely related to his concerns in politics and law. It discusses how the Roman ... More


Dream divination in manuscripts and early printed books: patterns of transmission1

László Sándor Chardonnens

in Aspects of knowledge: Preserving and reinventing traditions of learning in the Middle Ages

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780719097843
eISBN:
9781526135896
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:
10.7228/manchester/9780719097843.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Early and Medieval Literature

In the opening chapter Sándor Chardonnens focuses on medieval collections on dream divination. Taking account of a vast corpus of such writings, widely dispersed chronologically and geographically, ... More


Encounter, Selfhood, and Multiplicity

Diana Espírito Santo

in Developing the Dead: Mediumship and Selfhood in Cuban Espiritismo

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780813060781
eISBN:
9780813050850
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
DOI:
10.5744/florida/9780813060781.003.0004
Subject:
Archaeology, Historical Archaeology

This chapter discusses some of the book’s main protagonists and their stories of spiritual encounter and discovery. Through ethnographic vignettes of both experienced and neophyte mediums, this ... More


Which Gods if Any: Gods, Cosmologies, and Their Implications for Chinese and Greek Divination

Lisa Raphals

in Ancient Divination and Experience

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
November 2019
ISBN:
9780198844549
eISBN:
9780191880032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198844549.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter explores two important factors that led to differences in how Greek and Chinese interlocutors addressed mantic queries to divine powers, and argues that the relative absence of ‘gods’ in ... More


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