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· Problems, Methods, and Sources

Michael Attyah Flower

in The Seer in Ancient Greece

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2008 | ISBN: 9780520252295
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520934009 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520252295.003.0001
· Problems, Methods, and Sources

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Seers played a fundamental role in Greek culture. In fact, their presence was pervasive. The names of about seventy “historical” seers (as opposed to mythical/legendary ones) are known, some of whom were individuals of considerable influence. Many more seers are left anonymous, even when their presence and contribution were crucial to the matters at hand. This anonymity contributes to the false modern sense that seers merely validated decisions which had already been made by their superiors and employers. The purpose of this book is to restore the seer to his, and her, appropriate place of prominence in archaic and classical Greek society. It aims to stimulate further discussion and to place the person of the seer in its appropriate historical context. The methodological problems of studying seers, modern attitudes toward Greek divination, and sources are discussed.

Keywords: seer; Greek culture; Greek divination; methodological problems

Chapter.  9699 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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