Oracles for Sale
This chapter examines the role of chresmologoi (oracle interpreters) and written collections of oracles in the life of the Greek cities in the archaic and classical period. It demonstrates that the hostile picture of chresmologoi and manteis (seers) found in the works of Aristophanes and other writers is not accurate. Epigraphic and other evidence shows that religious experts like these were given honours by cities, and their advice was formally sought. Cities held collections of written oracles, guarding them carefully and consulting them on a range of issues.
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