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Prophets and Emperors

Human and Divine Authority from Augustus to Theodosius

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674437067

Publication Date: 12/30/1994

281 pages

2 maps, 13 halftones

Revealing Antiquity


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  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Prophecy and Cult
    • Active and Passive Religious Experience
    • Inductive and Subjective Prognostication
    • Oracles and Prophets: The Agents of Subjective Divination
    • The Nature of Prophetic Inspiration
  • 2. Scholars, Poets, and Sibyls
    • Scholarship
    • Prophecy in Literature
    • Tradition and Transformation: The Case of the Sibylline Oracles
    • Readers and Writers of Prophetic Texts in the Roman Empire
  • 3. Prophecy and the Informed Public
    • Oracular Responses to History
    • The Emperor’s Message
    • Analyzing the Emperors’ Messages
    • Imperial History in the Sibylline Oracles
  • 4. Prophecy and Personal Power in the Roman Empire
    • The Republican Background
    • Court Politics
    • Prophecy and Political Unrest
  • 5. Eastern Wisdom in Roman Prophetic Books
    • East and West in Fact and Fiction
    • Hermes Trismegistus and Julianus the Chaldean
    • The Closing of the Roman Mind
  • Epilogue: Power, Culture, and Communication
  • Notes
  • Index

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