Oracular Language
(1,732 words)

Abstract

Greek oracles ‘speak’ and are a way for human beings to enter into a dialogue with the gods, but do not convey clear information. From a single quick dialogue, the oracular moment may develop into a longer conversation, for instance, when the consultant does not understand the first answer of the god, or does not obey his instructions. The semantics of oracular ‘signs’ are linked to the role of time in the oracles: the oracle usually regards the …

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Françoise Létoublon, “Oracular Language”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 29 March 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000504>
First published online: 2013



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