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The Seer and the City

Religion, Politics, and Colonial Ideology in Ancient Greece

Margaret Foster

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Geisteswissenschaften, Kunst, Musik / Geschichte


Seers featured prominently in ancient Greek culture, but they rarely appear in archaic and classical colonial discourse. Margaret Foster exposes the ideological motivations behind this discrepancy and reveals how colonial discourse privileged the city’s founder and his dependence on Delphi, the colonial oracle par excellence, at the expense of the independent seer. Investigating a  sequence of literary texts, Foster explores the tactics the Greeks devised both to leverage and suppress the extraordinary cultural capital of seers. The first cultural history of the seer, The Seer and the City illuminates the contests between religious and political powers in archaic and classical Greece.



classical world, seercraft, colonialism, divination, archaic, ideology, ancient world, classical, literary analysis, oracle, hellenistic period, politics, religious studies, seers, ideological, religion, ancient greek politics, delphi, culture, colonial discourse, greek culture, literary texts, archaic greece, ancient greece, antiquity, classical greece, greek politics, colonial