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Divination and Human Nature: A Cognitive History of Intuition in Classical Antiquity

Peter T. Struck


This book casts a new perspective on the rich tradition of ancient divination—the reading of divine signs in oracles, omens, and dreams. Popular attitudes during classical antiquity saw these readings as signs from the gods while modern scholars have treated such beliefs as primitive superstitions. The book reveals instead that such phenomena provoked an entirely different accounting from the ancient philosophers. These philosophers produced subtle studies into what was an odd but observable fact—that humans could sometimes have uncanny insights—and their work signifies an early chapter in the ... More

Keywords: ancient divination, oracles, omens, dreams, divine signs, superstition, premonitions, classical era, intuition, instinct

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780691169392
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691169392.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Peter T. Struck, author
University of Pennsylvania