Divination and Portents in the Roman World (Odense University Classical Studies #21) (Paperback)

Divination and Portents in the Roman World (Odense University Classical Studies #21) By Jacob Isager (Editor), Robin Lorsch Wildfang (Editor) Cover Image
By Jacob Isager (Editor), Robin Lorsch Wildfang (Editor)
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The ancient Romans believed that the gods sent signs of future events to men through the flight of birds, meteorological disturbances and other natural phenomena. These signs influenced every sphere of ancient life, both public and private, from a state's decision to go to war or make peace, hold an election or meet a public crisis to an individual's business, mariage or travel plans. The book illustrates how the various Roman divinatory techniques were inter-woven into the structures of ancient society as well as how they were used in literary contexts. The intriguing question of the alleged doublethink among the Roman intellectuals in their attitude to Divination is another important theme taken up in Divination & Portents in the Roman World.


Product Details
ISBN: 9788778384621
ISBN-10: 8778384621
Publisher: University Press of Southern Denmark
Publication Date: June 7th, 2000
Pages: 80
Language: English
Series: Odense University Classical Studies