The Seer and the City: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece

Seers featured prominently in ancient Greek culture, but they rarely appear in archaic and classical colonial discourse. Margaret Foster exposes the ideological motivations behind this discrepancy and reveals how colonial discourse privileged the city's founder and his dependence on Delphi, the...

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Main Author: Foster, Margaret 1977-
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Berkeley University of Californiarnia Press 2018
Edition:1st ed
Online Access: Volltext (Aggregator)
Parallel Edition:Print version: Foster, Margaret: The Seer and the City : Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece. - Berkeley : University of California Press,c2018. - 9780520295001
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Summary:Seers featured prominently in ancient Greek culture, but they rarely appear in archaic and classical colonial discourse. Margaret Foster exposes the ideological motivations behind this discrepancy and reveals how colonial discourse privileged the city's founder and his dependence on Delphi, the colonial oracle par excellence, at the expense of the independent seer. Investigating a  sequence of literary texts, Foster explores the tactics the Greeks devised both to leverage and suppress the extraordinary cultural capital of seers. The first cultural history of the seer, The Seer and the City illuminates the contests between religious and political powers in archaic and classical Greece
Cover -- Contents -- Acknowledgments -- Conventions and Abbreviations -- Introduction -- 1. Beyond Entrails and Omens: Herodotus's Teisamenos and the Talismanic Seer at War -- 2. Sailing to Sicily: Theoklymenos and Odysseus in the Odyssey -- 3. Suppressing the Seer in Colonial Discourse: Delphic Consultations and the Seer in the City -- 4. The Disappearance of Melampous in Bacchylides' Ode 11 -- 5. Hagesias as Sunoikistēr: Mantic Authority and Colonial Ideology in Pindar's Olympian 6 -- 6. Amphiaraos, Alkmaion, and Delphi's Oracular Monopoly -- Conclusion -- Bibliography -- Index -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- F -- G -- H -- I -- K -- L -- M -- N -- O -- P -- R -- S -- T -- Z -- Index Locorum -- A -- B -- C -- D -- E -- H -- I -- M -- N -- P -- Q -- R -- S -- T
ISBN:0520967917