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The Seer in Ancient Greece

Michael Flower and Warren Allmon


The seer (mantis), an expert in the art of divination, operated in ancient Greek society through a combination of charismatic inspiration and diverse skills ranging from examining the livers of sacrificed animals to spirit possession. Unlike the palm readers and mediums who existed on the fringe of modern society, many seers were highly paid, well-respected, educated members of the elite who played an essential role in the conduct of daily life, political decisions, and military campaigns. Armies, for example, never went anywhere without one. This book enters into the socioreligious world of a ... More

Keywords: seer, mantis, divination, ancient Greece, spirit possession, elite, armies, sacrificed animals, political decisions, military campaigns

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780520252295
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520252295.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Flower, author

Warren Allmon, editor

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