By Sarah Iles Johnston
The 1st English-language survey of historic Greek divinatory tools, historic Greek Divination deals a extensive but precise therapy of the earliest makes an attempt by way of historic Greeks to hunt the suggestions of the gods.
- Offers in-depth discussions of oracles, wandering diviners, home made equipment of foretelling the long run, magical divinatory thoughts, and lots more and plenty extra
- Illustrates how the learn of divination illuminates the mentalities of historic Greek religions and societies
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But the book’s effect on divination was apparently different, for divination has not been so quickly resuscitated as a respectable field. Why was this so? Why did divination continue to languish after magic took off? Two observations can help us here. The first is inspired by the title of Vernant’s 1974 collection – Divinatione et rationalité. After World War I, as I have noted, work on divination, such as it was, focused on institutional oracles and tended to emphasize the ways in which these oracles had worked to validate civically and politically important matters.
Such realizations in turn challenged the normative assumptions underlying both our own categories and those of other peoples. In this atmosphere, magic stood out as a prime candidate for re-examination, for no other category had so often been used, trans-historically and cross-culturally, as a way of distancing outsiders. In contrast, because the practice of divination had never acquired the same dangerously exotic stamp as had magical practices, and because the term “divination” had never acquired as deeply pejorative overtones as those that had prompted attempts to redefine “magic,” it failed to fascinate the same scholars who began to take up the study of magic (as well as the study of other exotically “primitive” phenomena such as initiation rituals, another growth industry of the 1960s and 1970s that hearkened back to the Cambridge Ritualists).
In the final analysis, the effect that The Greeks and the Irrational had on the study of divination and magic was an interesting mix. As a widely praised book, it began to legitimate interest in all kinds of things that earlier generations of classicists had side-stepped. Without Dodds, it is hard to imagine the surge of work on ancient magic that began in the late 1970s and has continued ever since. But the book’s effect on divination was apparently different, for divination has not been so quickly resuscitated as a respectable field.