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Description - Classical Athens and the Delphic Oracle by Hugh Bowden

The 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 Details

ISBN: 9780521823739
ISBN-10: 0521823730
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 16mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 5-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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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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