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.
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