Prophets and Emperors: Human and Divine Authority from Augustus to Theodosius

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To the practical modern mind, the idea of divine prophecy is more ludicrous than sublime. Yet to our cultural forebears in ancient Greece and Rome, prophecy was anything but marginal; it was in fact the basic medium for recalling significant past events and expressing hopes for the future, and it offered assurance that divinities truly cared about mere mortals. Prophecy also served political ends, and it was often invoked to support or condemn an emperor's actions. In Prophets and Emperors, David Potter shows us ...

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Overview

To the practical modern mind, the idea of divine prophecy is more ludicrous than sublime. Yet to our cultural forebears in ancient Greece and Rome, prophecy was anything but marginal; it was in fact the basic medium for recalling significant past events and expressing hopes for the future, and it offered assurance that divinities truly cared about mere mortals. Prophecy also served political ends, and it was often invoked to support or condemn an emperor's actions. In Prophets and Emperors, David Potter shows us how prophecy worked, how it could empower, and how the diverse inhabitants of the Roman Empire used it to make sense of their world.

This is a fascinating account of prophecy as a social, religious, and political phenomenon. The various systems of prophecy--including sacred books, oracles, astrological readings, interpretation of dreams, the sayings of holy men and women--come into sharp relief. Potter explores the use of prophecy as a nieans of historical analysis and political communication, and he describes it in the context of the ancient city. Finally, he traces the reformation of the prophetic tradition under the influence of Christianity in the fourth century.

Drawing on diverse evidence--from inscriptions and ancient prophetic books to Greek and Roman historians and the Bible--Potter has produced a study that will engage anyone interested in the religions of the ancient Mediterranean and in the history and politics of the Roman Empire.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780674715653
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication date: 12/28/1994
  • Series: Revealing Antiquity Series
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.51 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

David Potter is Associate Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Michigan.
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Table of Contents

Prophecy and Cult

Active and Passive Religios Experience

Inductive and Subjective Prognostication

Oracles and Prophets: The Age of Subjective Divination

The Nature of Prophetic Inspiration

Scholars, Poets, and Sibyls

Scholarship

Prophecy in Literature

Tradition and Transformation: The Case of the Sibylline Oracles

Readers and Writers of Prophetic Texts in the Roman Empire

Prophecy and the Informed Public

Oracular Responses to History

The Emperor's Message

Analyzing the Emperors' Messages

Imperial History in the Sibylline Oracles

Prophecy and Personal Power in the Roman Empire

The Republican Background

Court Politics

Prophecy and Political Unrest

Eastern Wisdom in Roman Prophetic Books

East and West in Fact and Fiction

Hermes Trismegistus and Julianus the Chaldean

The Closing of the Roman Mind

Epilogue: Power, Culture, and Communication

Notes

Index

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