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The term divination is Latin in origin: divinatio, from divinus, signifying something associated with the gods (i.e. divine), and the suffix -atio, indicating action or the result of an action. Its Greek counterpart is μαντική/mantikē or μαντεῖα/manteia. These are general terms; in literature instances of divination are commonly named according to the specific technique employed (augurium – “augury”; sortileg…

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Maynard, Matthew D., “Divination”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 30 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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