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 colonial discourse from the archaic and classical periods. Margaret Foster exposes the ideological motivations behind this discrepancy and reveals how colonial discourse's privileging of the city's founder...

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Main Author: Foster, Margaret 1977-
Format: Print Book
Language:English
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Published: Oakland, California University of Californiarnia Press [2017]
Series/Journal:The Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Greece / Religious policy / Prophet / Colony
Further subjects:B Prophets Greece
B Greece Colonies
B Religion And Politics History Greece
B Hero (Greek mythology)
B Oracles, Greek
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Summary:"Seers featured prominently in ancient Greek culture, but they rarely appear in colonial discourse from the archaic and classical periods. Margaret Foster exposes the ideological motivations behind this discrepancy and reveals how colonial discourse's privileging of the city's founder and his dependence on Delphi, the colonial oracle par excellence, entails a corresponding suppression of the seer. Foster explains why the seer's authority conflicts with that of the founder and investigates a sequence of literary works from a range of genres that showcase this dynamic. The first study to analyze the seer and the Delphi-sanctioned founder relationally, this volume illuminates the contests between religious and political powers in archaic and classical Greece."--Provided by publisher
Item Description:Includes bibliographical references and index
ISBN:0520295005