Sarah Iles Johnston received her doctorate from Cornell University in 1987 and is Professor of Greek & Latin and of Religious Studies at The Ohio State University. She is the General Editor of Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide (Harvard University Press, 2004) and the author of Restless Dead: Encounters Between the Living and the Dead in Ancient Greece (University of California Press, 1999). She is currently writing a book on the "Orphic" gold tablets with Fritz Graf.
Peter T. Struck, Ph.D. (1997), University of Chicago, is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent book is titled Birth of the Symbol: Ancient Readers at the Limits of their Texts (Princeton University Press, 2004). He is currently at work on a project that takes a semiotic approach to ancient Greek theories of divination.
'...overall this is a highly successful volume. The editors are to be commended for an interesting and worthy collection of articles, logically organized, and tightly edited... The contributors are to be commended for rising to the challenge posed in Johnston's opening essay. They offer the reader interesting and thought provoking insights into the intellectual and social world of ancient divination. Divination is unveiled as an omnipresent and ubiquitous phenomenon in the public and private lives of the Greeks and Romans. At every turn, one finds divination integrated into the thought processes of the ancients. Its pervasive influence in religion, poetry, history, philosophy, and magic is manifest and profound. It is high time that the modern academy looked to the paradoxical world of ancient divination as a challenge to the intellect, an ainigma to be solved, and revealed its centrality in the epistemology of ancient Greece and Rome.'
Alex Nice, BCMR, 2006
' Das Buch ist eine unverzichtbare Lektüre für alle, die sich mit antiker Divination beschäftigen.'
Karin Schlapbach, 2005