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date: 13 July 2020

divination 

Source:
The Oxford Classical Dictionary
Author(s):
Robert Christopher Towneley ParkerRobert Christopher Towneley Parker, Jerzy LinderskiJerzy Linderski

Divination is at the heart of Greek religion: *Sophocles in a famous ode can represent a challenge to *...All divination stems from the belief that gods send meaningful messages. These messages were classified in a variety of intersecting ways: according to the character of signs through which the message was conveyed, and whether these signs were sent unasked or were actively sought; the time-frame to which a sign was taken to refer (future, present, past) and the content of the message itself (prediction, warning, prohibition, displeasure, approval); and, most importantly, whether the message pertained to the private or public sphere, the observation and interpretation of the latter category of signs forming part of Roman state religion.... ...

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