Classical Athens and the Delphic Oracle: Divination and Democracy

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Cambridge University Press, 5 mei 2005 - 188 pagina's
This book provides an exploration of the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi, where the god Apollo was believed to speak to inquirers through his priestesses. In particular it examines the use made of the oracle by the city of Athens in the period of the democracy (c. 500-300 BC). It shows how important communication with the gods was for the ancient Athenians, and concludes that far from being the first example of a secularized western democracy, classical Athens was always most concerned to do the will of the gods.
 

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Introduction
1
How did the Delphic oracle work?
12
What did the Athenians think of the Delphic oracle?
40
What did historians and philosophers say about the Delphic oracle?
65
How and why did the Athenians consult the Delphic oracle?
88
What did the Athenians ask the Delphic oracle?
109
Why did the Athenians and other Greek cities go to war?
134
Conclusion divination and democracy
152
Consultations of Delphi in Attic tragedy
160
Concordance of Athenian consultations of Delphi
168
Bibliography
170
Index of passages
180
Subject Index
186
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Over de auteur (2005)

Hugh Bowden is Lecturer in Ancient History at King's College London. He is the author of numerous articles on Greek religion and history and is editor of The Times Ancient Civilizations (2002).

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