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Seer and the City: Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece

Margaret Foster


Seers featured prominently in ancient Greek culture, but they rarely appear in colonial discourse from the archaic and classical periods. Margaret Foster exposes the ideological motivations behind this discrepancy and reveals how colonial discourse’s privileging of the colonial city’s founder and his dependence on Delphi, the colonial oracle par excellence, entails a corresponding suppression of the seer. Foster explains why the seer’s authority conflicts with that of the founder and investigates a sequence of literary works from a range of genres that showcase this dynamic. The first study to ... More

Keywords: seer, founder, oikist, colonization, Delphi, ideology, colonial discourse

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780520295001
Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520295001.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Margaret Foster, author
Indiana University