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Divination
(6,021 words)

[German version]

I. Mesopotamia

While attention in old Egyptian culture was largely centred on existence after death, the concerns of Mesopotamia were almost exclusively with the present. A significant part of the cultural energy of ancient Mesopotamia was devoted to keeping human actions in harmony with the divine, so as to ward off such misfortunes as natural catastrophes, war, sickness and premature d…

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Maul, Stefan (Heidelberg), Jansen-Winkeln, Karl (Berlin), Haas, Volkert (Berlin), Niehr, Herbert (Tübingen), Wiesehöfer, Josef (Kiel), Bremmer, Jan N. (Groningen) and Briquel, Dominique (Paris), “Divination”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e321630>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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