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:

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In the Greek world, seers were the most authoritative experts in all matters pertaining to religion. Their competence was exceptionally broad, encompassing many different forms of divination, as well as healing and purification. Seers could be found in the entourage of the wealthy, as their confidants and traveling companions; they accompanied generals on campaign and participated in state enterprises, such as colonization; they frequented the cities and houses of any who were willing to pay for their services. The “blameless” seer, the charismatic companion who could give unerring advice that would lead to success at home and abroad, this was a person who almost any Greek would have looked hard to find and paid much to employ.

Keywords: seers; Greek society; divination; healing; purification; religion

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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