By Trevor Curnow
Starting from Abai to Zeleia, from sizeable temples in Egypt to modest tombs in Turkey, oracles have been an important characteristic of the religions of many historical cultures until eventually their loss of life below the Christian Roman emperors. This paintings is a advisor to the entire identified oracles of the traditional international. The better a part of it really is dedicated to an alphabetical directory delivering info of approximately three hundred websites in additional than 25 international locations the place oracles of 1 sort or one other functioned in antiquity. The textual content is broadly cross-referenced and illustrated, and supplemented through indexes, a word list, and a considerable creation.
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Again I have sought to provide a representative sample. A significant class of exceptions (and this applies with respect to Asclepius as well) is comprised of those cases where there seemed to be nothing to say about a sanctuary other than that it had existed, and where there was little else of interest to see at the site either. I would not claim to have been scrupulously consistent in my judgements and selections, and I hope that continuing excavations will lead to some of them having to be reversed.
The demise of some oracles, however, was more apparent than real. At GRAND, for example, the demise of the healing cult of Apollo Grannus was replaced by that of St Libaire, who continued to heal people down to at least the eighteenth century. At TITANE, a church dedicated to St Tryphon, another healing saint, stands on the spot previously occupied by a sanctuary of Asclepius. And there are many more examples, especially in the context of healing. This perhaps reflects the fact that the 'folk' dimension of religion tends to be both more flexible and more persistent than its more formal ones.
At CANOPUS, for example, it was possible to consult the god Sarapis either through the process of incubation, or by the simpler method of a lot oracle. Although the lot oracle was undoubtedly cruder (it seems to have been only a binary one), it was also apparently considerably cheaper. It is thought that even at Delphi petitioners could avail themselves of a lot oracle (involving beans or pebbles) instead of awaiting the pronouncements of the Pythia. In a broader sense, the 'method' of consulting an oracle could also include a considerable journey.