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I. Religious Studies – II. Greco-Roman Antiquity

I. Religious Studies

1. Terms and definition

Divination derives from Lat. divinare, “to ascertain the divine will.” Manticism, Gk μαντική (sc. τέχνη)/mantikḗ (sc. téchnē), is “(the art of) indicating the future”; the term derives from a root that expresses “spiritual effort”; in antiquity, at least after Plato (Phaidr. 244c), owing to the dominance of ecstatic divination, the word was associated with “mania” (μανία/manía) (Mania). Divination is a…

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Graf, Fritz, “Divination/Manticism”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 February 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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