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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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Suppressing the Seer in Colonial Discourse

Suppressing the Seer in Colonial Discourse

Delphic Consultations and the Seer in the City

(p.76) 3 Suppressing the Seer in Colonial Discourse
Seer and the City

Margaret Foster

University of California Press

Chapter 3 interrogates the startling excision of seers from later archaic and classical colonial discourse. This chapter offers two fundamental reasons for the missing seer. First, I argue that in post-Homeric colonial narratives, the oikist, singled out by Apollo at Delphi, co-opts the religious authority enjoyed elsewhere by the seer. Second, I survey a general cultural tendency to regard the seer in the context of the city with suspicion. The stereotype of the seer as a threat to political leaders makes his incorporation in a discourse that valorizes the oikist unwelcome.

Keywords:   Delphi, oikist, seer, military seer, stasis, religious authority, political authority

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