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Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Esther Eidinow

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199277780
eISBN:
9780191708114
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

In this book, question tablets from the oracle at Dodona are set side-by-side with curse tablets (katadesmoi or defixiones) from across the Ancient Greek world (for the period 6th-1st centuries BCE). ... More


Ancient Prophecy: Near Eastern, Biblical, and Greek Perspectives

Martti Nissinen

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198808558
eISBN:
9780191846083
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808558.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

This book is a comprehensive treatment of the ancient prophetic phenomenon as it comes to us through biblical, Near Eastern, and Greek sources. Once a distinctly biblical concept, prophecy is today ... More


Individuals and Oracles

Esther Eidinow

in Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199277780
eISBN:
9780191708114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Whereas most modern scholarship concentrates on the use of oracles by states, this chapter explores the evidence for the use of oracles by individuals, exploring both epigraphic and literary material ... More


The Dwelling of the Spirit

Esther Eidinow

in Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199277780
eISBN:
9780191708114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter provides more specific information about the oracle of Zeus and Dione at Dodona, in Epiros in northwest Greece. It examines its geographical and socio-political context, the development ... More


A Catalogue and Summary of Published Questions by Individuals and Responses from the Dodona Oracle

Esther Eidinow

in Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199277780
eISBN:
9780191708114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter presents a catalogue of questions (and the very few answers that seem to have survived) that men and women posed to Zeus at his oracle at Dodona. The catalogue, organized in categories ... More


Oracles and Daily Life

Esther Eidinow

in Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199277780
eISBN:
9780191708114
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Collecting the oracle tablets in one catalogue reveals underlying patterns among the individual consultations at Dodona. This chapter discusses the subject matter and timing of the questions; the ... More


Who were the Boiotians? Myths of Migration in Ritual

Barbara Kowalzig

in Singing for the Gods: Performances of Myth and Ritual in Archaic and Classical Greece

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780199219964
eISBN:
9780191712968
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219964.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter describes the Boiotians as among those Greeks who understood their past in terms of wanderings. It discusses the Boiotian custom performed at Dodona that puts the final seal on the ... More


Testing the Oracle?: On the Experience of (Multiple) Oracular Consultations

Esther Eidinow

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/9780198844549.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, European History: BCE to 500CE

By exploring stories about oracular consultation in light of actual practice, and vice versa, this chapter aims both to nuance current characterization of specific oracle stories and their meanings ... More


Divination and the ‘Real Presence’ of the Divine in Ancient Greece

Michael A. Flower

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/9780198844549.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter applies Robert Orsi’s concepts of ‘real presence’ and ‘abundant history’ to the study of ancient Greek religion, using divination as a case study. It proposes that we should take real ... More


Greek Sources

Martti Nissinen

in Ancient Prophecy: Near Eastern, Biblical, and Greek Perspectives

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
November 2017
ISBN:
9780198808558
eISBN:
9780191846083
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198808558.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Biblical Studies

In this chapter, the Greek sources are discussed in two parts: first, the epigraphic sources such as the lead tablets from Dodona and the inscriptions from Didyma and Claros, and second, the literary ... More


Renaissance or decline? The shrine of Dodona in the Hellenistic period

Jessica Piccinini

in Hellenistic Sanctuaries: Between Greece and Rome

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780199654130
eISBN:
9780191814747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654130.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, Archaeology: Classical

According to the archaeological and literary evidence the shrine of Dodona acquired an interregional dimension from the sixth century BC. However, the first monumental structures are not earlier than ... More


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