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Flower, Michael A
The seer in ancient Greece / Michael Attyah Flower
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2008
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 3rd Floor  BF1765 .F56 2008    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Oracles, Greek
Prophets -- Greece
Divination -- Greece
Subject Greece -- Religious life and customs
Physical Description xviii, 305 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 249-274) and indexes
Contents Problems, methods, and sources -- Who is a seer? -- The role and image of the seer -- Divination as a system of knowledge and belief -- Disbelief and skepticism about seers: is the best seer the one who guesses well? -- A dangerous profession: the seer in warfare -- The art of the consultation -- Not just a man's profession: the female seer -- Conclusion
Summary "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."--Publisher's description
Series Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature

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