The Seer in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

The Seer in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

by Michael Flower, M. Flower
ISBN-10:
0520259939
ISBN-13:
9780520259935
Pub. Date:
03/24/2009
Publisher:
University of California Press
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Overview

The Seer in Ancient Greece / Edition 1

The seer (mantis), an expert in the art of divination, operated in ancient Greek society through a combination of charismatic inspiration and diverse skills ranging from examining the livers of sacrificed animals to spirit possession. Unlike the palm readers and mediums who exist on the fringe of modern society, many seers were highly paid, well respected, educated members of the elite who played an essential role in the conduct of daily life, political decisions, and military campaigns. Armies, for example, never went anywhere without one. This engaging book, the only comprehensive study of this fascinating figure, enters into the socioreligious world of ancient Greece to explore what seers did, why they were so widely employed, and how their craft served as a viable and useful social practice.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780520259935
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 03/24/2009
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 1,157,711
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contents
List of Illustrations....................ix
Acknowledgments....................xi
Preface....................xiii
List of Abbreviations....................xvii
1. Problems, Methods, and Sources....................1
2. Who Is a Seer?....................22
3. The Role and Image of the Seer....................72
4. Divination as a System of Knowledge and Belief....................104
5. Disbelief and Skepticism about Seers: Is the Best Seer the One Who Guesses Well?....................132
6. A Dangerous Profession: The Seer in Warfare....................153
7. The Art of the Consultation....................188
8. Not Just a Man's Profession: The Female Seer....................211
9. Conclusion....................240
Bibliography....................249
General Index....................275
Index Locorum....................295

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