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Divination and Human NatureA Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity$
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Peter T. Struck

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691169392

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.001.0001

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Reconsidering Penelope

Reconsidering Penelope

(p.251) Conclusion Reconsidering Penelope
Divination and Human Nature

Peter T. Struck

Princeton University Press

This chapter summarizes key themes and presents some final thoughts. The account in this book has been of philosophical schools trying to make sense of a puzzling phenomenon. As is always the case in looking at an intellectual history from this perspective, one may rightly raise the question of whether it has pertinence outside these rarified circles. Do the perspectives apparent in those texts allow us to gain new insights in other domains of culture? The remainder of the chapter offers a slightly closer look at a case study which provides an example for the kinds of insights that may be available. The vantage provided here gives new purchase on the divine signs in the culminating books of Homer's Odyssey, which are sending us a slightly richer message about Penelope than we have yet fully appreciated.

Keywords:   ancient divination, philosophy, philosophical schools, Homer, Odyssey, Penelope, culture

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