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The Resource Oracles, curses, and risk among the ancient Greeks, Esther Eidinow

Oracles, curses, and risk among the ancient Greeks, Esther Eidinow

Label
Oracles, curses, and risk among the ancient Greeks
Title
Oracles, curses, and risk among the ancient Greeks
Statement of responsibility
Esther Eidinow
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
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 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." "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."--BOOK JACKET
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Eidinow, Esther
Dissertation note
Originally presented as the author's dissertation (Ph. D.) -- University of Oxford, 2003.
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Oracles, Greek
  • Blessing and cursing
  • Greece
Label
Oracles, curses, and risk among the ancient Greeks, Esther Eidinow
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published in 2007
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [456]-480) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1.
  • Exploring Uncertainty.
  • p. 10
  • 2.
  • Lapse into Unreason.
  • p. 26
  • 3.
  • Individuals and Oracles.
  • p. 42
  • 4.
  • Dwelling of the Spirit.
  • p. 56
  • 5.
  • Catalogue and Summary of Published Questions by Individuals and Responses from the Dodona Oracle.
  • p. 72
  • 6.
  • Oracles and Daily Life.
  • p. 125
  • 7.
  • Curses!.
  • p. 139
  • 8.
  • Urban Drama.
  • p. 156
  • 9.
  • Best Defence.
  • p. 165
  • 10.
  • Business as Usual?.
  • p. 191
  • 11.
  • Love and Curses.
  • p. 206
  • 12.
  • Curses and Risk.
  • p. 225
Control code
ocn137244708
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 516 p.
Isbn
9780199277780
Lccn
2007021611
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., maps
Label
Oracles, curses, and risk among the ancient Greeks, Esther Eidinow
Publication
Note
Originally published in 2007
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [456]-480) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 1.
  • Exploring Uncertainty.
  • p. 10
  • 2.
  • Lapse into Unreason.
  • p. 26
  • 3.
  • Individuals and Oracles.
  • p. 42
  • 4.
  • Dwelling of the Spirit.
  • p. 56
  • 5.
  • Catalogue and Summary of Published Questions by Individuals and Responses from the Dodona Oracle.
  • p. 72
  • 6.
  • Oracles and Daily Life.
  • p. 125
  • 7.
  • Curses!.
  • p. 139
  • 8.
  • Urban Drama.
  • p. 156
  • 9.
  • Best Defence.
  • p. 165
  • 10.
  • Business as Usual?.
  • p. 191
  • 11.
  • Love and Curses.
  • p. 206
  • 12.
  • Curses and Risk.
  • p. 225
Control code
ocn137244708
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 516 p.
Isbn
9780199277780
Lccn
2007021611
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
ill., maps

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