The conclusion considers how colonial discourse’s pattern of suppressing the seer breaks down once we move temporally and spatially beyond the orbit of Delphi’s powerful oracular monopoly. Accounts of Hellenistic foundations reveal seers working in tandem with oikists. At the same time, foundation oracles from Delphi disappear after the fourth century BCE. The coincidence suggests that colonial discourse accommodates the seer when Delphi’s centripetal pull on and control over the oikist wanes. Similarly, a survey of traditions concerning the seer Amphilochos’s foundation of Mallos in Cilicia intimate that the seer, operating in the East, was viewed as out of range of Delphi’s control and could, at least for a time, enjoy the paradoxical role of oikist-seer.
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