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 / Colony / Seer
Further subjects:B Prophets Greece
B Religion And Politics Greece History
B Greece Colonies
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
Beyond entrails and omens : Herodotus' Teisamenos and the Talismanic seer at war -- Sailing to Sicily : Theoklymenos and Odysseus in the odyssey -- Suppressing the seer in colonial discourse -- The disappearance of Melampous in Bacchylides' Ode 11 -- Hagesias as Sunoikistêr : mantic authority and colonial ideology in Pindar's -- Sixth Olympian ode -- Amphiaraos, Alkmaion, and Delphi's oracular monopoly
Item Description:Literaturverzeichnis: Seite 193-207
ISBN:0520295005