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The Seer in Ancient Greece$
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Michael Flower and Warren Allmon

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252295

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252295.001.0001

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· Problems, Methods, and Sources

· Problems, Methods, and Sources

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The Seer in Ancient Greece

Michael Attyah Flower

University of California Press

Seers played a fundamental role in Greek culture. In fact, their presence was pervasive. The names of about seventy “historical” seers (as opposed to mythical/legendary ones) are known, some of whom were individuals of considerable influence. Many more seers are left anonymous, even when their presence and contribution were crucial to the matters at hand. This anonymity contributes to the false modern sense that seers merely validated decisions which had already been made by their superiors and employers. The purpose of this book is to restore the seer to his, and her, appropriate place of prominence in archaic and classical Greek society. It aims to stimulate further discussion and to place the person of the seer in its appropriate historical context. The methodological problems of studying seers, modern attitudes toward Greek divination, and sources are discussed.

Keywords:   seer, Greek culture, Greek divination, methodological problems

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