Divination in the Ancient World

Religious Options and the Individual

Divination in the Ancient World

Religious Options and the Individual

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The search for knowledge of the future and for divine help is found in all ancient Mediterranean cultures. The key question of this book is: What are the interdependences between divination and processes of individualization or de-individualization in the ancient world? Individualization is understood as a process of change on the societal level. In contrast, individuation is a development on the personal level. Discussions about the definition of these terms are continuing. Divination may always have some effects on processes of individuation and individualization. Divination may be a means – and this list does not claim to be exhaustive – of legitimising decisions, to decide competition or to achieve distinctiveness. This book covers aspects from archaic Greece to the High Empire. Not all articles argue along the same lines: nothing highlights better the lively debate and the many open questions in the field of ancient divination.

Reihe Potsdamer altertumswissenschaftliche Beiträge
Band 46
ISBN 978-3-515-10629-0
Medientyp Buch - Kartoniert
Auflage 1.
Copyrightjahr 2013
Umfang 177 Seiten
Abbildungen 11 s/w Abb.
Format 17,0 x 24,0 cm
Sprache Englisch