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Worlds Full of Signs

Ancient Greek Divination in Context

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Kim Beerden

Worlds Full of Signs compares Greek divination to divinatory practices in Neo-Assyrian Mesopotamia and Republican Rome. It argues that the character of Greek divination differed fundamentally from that of the two comparanda. Ample attention is given to background and method at first. Subsequent chapters discuss the divinatory elements – sign, homo divinans, and text, relating divination to time and uncertainty. This book brings together sources originating from various times and places, questioning these to consider both generalities of ancient divination and specifics of Greek divination. Greek divination was inherently flexible on many levels: these findings should be connected to Greek views on time and the future as well as the relatively low level of divinatory institutionalization.

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Christian H. Bull

demotic—as well as geometry and arithmetic, which serve as the foundation for astrology, the most important art: “If the positions and movements of the stars are subject to careful observation also among certain other nations, they are especially so among the Egyptians.” 76 Curiously, he goes on to state

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Christian H. Bull

frameworks are … the instruments used by the collective memory to reconstruct an image of the past which is in accord, in each epoch, with the predominant thoughts of the society.” 72 Collective memory is not a given, then, but must be reconstructed continuously and is thus subject to the whims and

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Christian H. Bull

KK , war is the foremost hallmark of the period of disorder, as human rulers force their subjects to make war upon each other: “And so, strength accomplished much against weakness, so that the strong killed the powerless by burning them alive even in the sanctuaries, and threw the corpses into the

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Christian H. Bull

unity with the object contemplated, so as to break down the subject-object barrier. It should be emphasized that I do not see the distinction between mysticism and magic as a necessary one. Mysticism is religious if it includes in its practice some form of communication with superhuman beings, and magic

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Christian H. Bull

appear, he or she has still been formally summoned, and may be subject to legal sanctions. The effect of calling a god, angel, or demon, on the other hand, must be said to be wholly psychological, and is implicit in the summoning itself. The perlocutionary effect is that the speaker and an eventual

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Christian H. Bull

God ( VII , 3: θεοπτικὴ δύναµις), since “they are subject to fate because of the forces of birth, but to justice because of their errors in life.” 179 Justice must thus be associated with the “exceedingly great demon revolving 180 in the middle of the universe, overlooking everything which is done on

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Christian H. Bull

, arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, draughts, dice, and letters. It is the invention of letters which is the subject of the dialogue between Theuth and king Thamus of Thebes, the city of Ammon. 27 Theuth displays his inventions, claiming that the letters are “an elixir of memory and wisdom” (µνήµης τε γὰρ καὶ