Oracles, Curses, and Risk Among the Ancient Greeks
Esther Eidinow sets the published question tablets from the oracle at Dodona side by side with the binding-curse tablets from across the ancient Greek world, and explores what they can tell us about perceptions of and expressions of risk among ordinary Greek men and women, as well as the insights they afford into civic institutions and activities, and social dynamics. Eidinow follows the anthropologist Mary Douglas in defining `risk' as socially constructed, in contrast to most other ancient historians, who treat risk-management as a way of handling objective external dangers. The book includes a full catalogue of all published texts from Dodona, as well as the 159 curse tablets discussed, together with translations of all texts.
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activities Aeschin agent anavTa ancient Greek appears argues asks Zeus Naios Athenian Athens Attika Attika Date Audollent 1904 avTov bce Wiinsch 1897 binding curses century bce Wiinsch Chapter 9 Chapters 7,9 Charias Christidis concerned context court cultural curse tablets Dakaris Delphi Demeter described Didyma divine Dodona epya Eunikos evidence example Faraone fifth century bce Fontenrose formula fourth century bce Gager gods Greece Hermes Herodotos indicate individuals inscription Karapanos 1878 katadesmoi Kerameikos litigants Location magic male mention Mestor Naios Naios and Dione names nepl NGCT npos oracular Origin Parke Pausanias Peiraeus Persephone phrase Plut political presence of Hermes question relationship response risk role sanctuary seems sexual SGDI Sicily Side slaves spirit suggests supernatural targets Text Wiinsch 1897 third century bce tongue Tr)v ttlv underworld verb woman women workshop written Wunsch Xenophon Zeus