To the practical modern mind, the idea of divine prophecy is more ludicrous than sublime. Yet to our cultural forebears in ancient Greece and Rome, prophecy was anything but marginal; it was in fact the basic medium for recalling significant past events and expressing hopes for the future, and it offered assurance that divinities truly cared about mere mortals. Prophecy also served political ends, and it was often invoked to support or condemn an emperor's actions. In "Prophets and Emperors", David Potter shows us how prophecy worked, how it could empower and how the diverse inhabitants of the Roman Empire used it to make sense of their world. This text provides an intriguing account of prophecy as a social, religious and political phenomenon. The various systems of prophecy - including sacred books, oracles, astrological readings, interpretation of dreams, the sayings of holy men and women - comes into sharp relief. Potter explores the use of prophecy as a means of historical analysis and political communication, and he describes it in the context of the ancient city. Finally, he traces the reshaping of the prophetic tradition under the influence of Christianity in the 4th century. Drawing on diverse evidence - from inscriptions and ancient prophetic books to Greek and Roman historians and the Bible - Potter has produced a study that should engage anyone interested in the religions of the ancient Mediterranean and in the history and politics of the Roman Empire.
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Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First Edition. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0674715659
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110674715659
Descrizione libro Harvard University Press, 1994. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 674715659