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Seer and the CityReligion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece$
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Margaret Foster

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780520295001

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520295001.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Seer and the City

Margaret Foster

University of California Press

The introduction sets up the paradox of the conspicuous military seer and the absent colonial one within archaic and classical texts and proposes an ideological reason for the discrepancy. Definitions of key terms (text, culture, ideology, and colonial discourse) and method (New Historicist) are presented. The book’s objectives are then placed in relation to previous scholarship on colonization, colonial narrative, and Greek seers and divination. A subsection offers an overview of the Greek seer for those readers unfamiliar with the seer’s primary functions and role in ancient Greek culture.

Keywords:   New Historicism, cultural poetics, foundation, colonization, divination, seer

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