• Title: The Ancient Oracles: Making the Gods Speak
  • Author: Richard Stoneman
  • ISBN: 9780300140422
  • Page: 318
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Ancient Oracles Making the Gods Speak For 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 or
    For 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 weFor 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.

    One Reply to “The Ancient Oracles: Making the Gods Speak”

    1. Possibly the best work I have ever read on the nature and role of oracles in the Greco-Roman world. As a bonus, the author actually draws upon the work of Julian Jayne on "The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind," of which I happen to be a fan . . .

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