Classical Athens and the Delphic Oracle
Divination and Democracy
By (author) Hugh Bowden
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Classical Athens and the Delphic Oracle by Hugh Bowden
Book DescriptionThe Delphic Oracle was where, according to Greek tradition, Apollo would speak through his priestesses. This work explores the importance placed on consultations at Delphi by Athenians in the city's age of democracy. It demonstrates the extent to which concern to do the will of the gods affected Athenian politics, challenging the notion that Athenian democracy may be seen as a model for modern secular democratic constitutions. All the known consultations of the oracle by Athens in the period before 300 BC are examined, and descriptions of consultations found in Attic tragedy and comedy are discussed. This work provides a new account of how the Delphic oracle functioned and presents a thorough analysis of the relationship between the Athenians and the oracle, making it essential reading both for students of the oracle itself and of Athenian democracy.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521823739
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Comprehensive and accessible examination of the Delphic Oracle and the use made of it by the city of Athens.
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Author Biography - Hugh Bowden
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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