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Author Foster, Margaret, 1977-
Title The seer and the city : religion, politics, and colonial ideology in ancient Greece / Margaret Foster.
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017]

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Author Foster, Margaret, 1977-
Series Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature
Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Subject Religion and politics -- Greece -- History.
Oracles, Greek.
Prophets -- Greece.
Hero (Greek mythology)
Greece -- Colonies.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 217 pages).
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Beyond entrails and omens : Herodotus' Teisamenos and the Talismanic seer at war -- Sailing to Sicily : Theoklymenos and Odysseus in the odyssey -- Suppressing the seer in colonial discourse -- The disappearance of Melampous in Bacchylides' Ode 11 -- Hagesias as Sunoikister : mantic authority and colonial ideology in Pindar's -- Sixth Olympian ode -- Amphiaraos, Alkmaion, and Delphi's oracular monopoly.
Summary "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 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 analyze the seer and the Delphi-sanctioned founder relationally, this volume illuminates the contests between religious and political powers in archaic and classical Greece."--Provided by publisher.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on February 12, 2018).
ISBN 9780520967915 (electronic book)
0520967917 (electronic book)
9780520295001 (hardcover ; alkaline paper)
OCLC # 994262621
Additional Format Print version: Foster, Margaret, 1977- Seer and the city. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2017] 9780520295001 (DLC) 2017029447


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