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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.185) Conclusion
Seer and the City

Margaret Foster

University of California Press

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.

Keywords:   colonial discourse, Amphilochos, Delphi, Silanos, Mallos, Mopsos, Hellenistic foundations

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