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Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks,9780199660667
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Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks

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ISBN13:

9780199660667

ISBN10:
0199660662
Format:
Paperback
Pub. Date:
8/15/2013
Publisher(s):
Oxford University Press

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Summary

How did ancient Greek men and women deal with the uncertainty and risk of everyday life? What did they fear most, and how did they manage their anxieties? Esther Eidinow sets side-by-side two collections of material usually studied in isolation: binding curse tablets from across the ancient world, and the collection of published private questions from the oracle at Dodona in north-west Greece. Eidinow uses these texts to explore perceptions of risk and uncertainty in ancient society, challenging previous explanations. In these records we hear voices that are rarely, if ever, heard in literary texts and history books. The questions and curses in these tablets comprise fervent, sometimes ferocious appeals to the gods. The stories they tell offer tantalizing glimpses of everyday life, carrying the reader through the teeming ancient city -- both its physical setting and its social dynamics. Among these tablets we find prostitutes and publicans, doctors and soldiers, netmakers and silver-workers, actors and seamstresses. Anxious litigants ask the gods to silence their opponents. Men inquire about the paternity of their children. Women beg the gods to help them keep their men. Business rivals try to corner the market. Slaves plead to escape their masters. This material takes us beyond the headlines of ancient history, offering new insights into institutions, activities, and relationships. Above all, individually and together, these texts help us to understand some of the ways in which ancient Greek men and women understood the world. In turn, the beliefs and activities of an ancient culture may shed light on modern attitudes to risk.

Author Biography


Esther Eidinow is Reader in Ancient History at Newman University College, Birmingham

Table of Contents


List of Figures
Abbreviations
Note
Introduction
1. Exploring uncertainty
2. A lapse into unreason
3. Individuals and oracles
4. The dwelling of the spirit
5. A catalogue and summary of published questions by individuals and responses from the Dodona oracle
6. Oracles and daily life
7. Curses!
8. Urban drama
9. The best defence
10. Business as usual?
11. Love and curses
12. Curses and risk
Conclusion
Notes
Appendices
Catalogue of Binding Curses
Glossary
Bibliography
Index Locorum
General Index


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