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Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks$
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Esther Eidinow

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199277780

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.001.0001

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Individuals and Oracles

Individuals and Oracles

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(p.42) 3 Individuals and Oracles
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Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks
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DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277780.003.0004

Whereas most modern scholarship concentrates on the use of oracles by states, this chapter explores the evidence for the use of oracles by individuals, exploring both epigraphic and literary material from and about the oracles of Didyma, Delphi, and Dodona. It investigates how the Greeks represented oracular consultation to themselves in terms of both explicit instructions and the stories they told about it, and the evidence for actual consultations, including the subjects of consultations, the kinds of questions that were asked, and how they were formulated.

Keywords:   Greeks, oracles, Didyma, Delphi, Dodona, oracular consultation

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