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Ancient Oracles: Making the Gods Speak (Richard Stoneman) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2011) 9780300140422
Ancient Oracles: Making the Gods Speak (Richard Stoneman) Hardcover Book, (Yale University Press, 2011) 9780300140422
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Title: The Ancient Oracles: Making the Gods Speak

Author: Stoneman, Richard

Publisher: Yale University Press; Publication Date: 2011

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780300140422

Volumes: 1; Pages: 288

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For more than a thousand years, Greeks from all walks of life consulted oracles for guidance received directly from the gods. This colorful and wide-ranging survey encompasses the entire history of Greek oracles and focuses fresh attention on philosophical, psychological, and anthropological aspects of oracular consultation. It also examines how Greek oracles' practices were distinctive compared to those of their neighbors, especially in Egypt, Babylon, and Israel.Richard Stoneman weaves a fascinating historical tapestry, taking into account the different kinds of oracles (healers, advisors, prophets, and others), their most important sanctuaries, debates about them among ancient thinkers, and Christian attacks on them. Delving into the reasons behind the oracles' enduring position at the heart of Greek culture, Stoneman offers fresh insights into pagan religious practice and the history of Greek intellectual and spiritual life. Table of ContentsList of Illustrations and Maps Preface Abbreviations Introduction 1. Why Did the Greeks Consult Oracles? 2. Possession or Policy: The Case of Delphi 3. The Riddles of the Pythia 4. From Egypt to Dodona 5. The Gods, the Heroes and the Dead 6. The Oracle Coast: Sibyls and Prophets of Asia Minor 7. Dreams and Healing 8. Dicing for Destiny 9. Foreknowledge, Fate and Philosophy 10. Sceptics, Frauds and Fakes 11. New Questions for the Oracles: Platonism and Theology 12. 'Ecstatic Predictions of Woe': The Sibylline Oracles 13. Silencing the Oracles 14. Conclusion Notes Bibliography Index
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