A Cognitive Analysis of the Main Apolline Divinatory Practices
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This volume takes an innovative interdisciplinary approach to investigating divination procedures at sanctuaries of Apollo in Classical and Hellenistic Greece, merging neuroscience, psychology, and behavioural studies with archaeology.
Through a deep analysis of primary sources and the historical and cultural context of these procedures, Frigerio reconstructs the precise schemata of knowledge and cognitive associations pertaining to ancient visitors of the Oracle, highlighting neural inputs they received inside their minds in these specific situations. The author engages with the archaeological record, studying the cognitive input that both seekers and prophets experienced from the outside world such as landscapes, architecture, and temperature. This innovative methodology allows for a new understanding of divinatory practices and the formulation of new hypotheses. In addition, this study offers a powerful tool for decoding divination and engaging with the archaeological record in future research.
A Cognitive Analysis of the Main Apolline Divinatory Practices is a fascinating read for students and scholars working on divination and cognition in ancient Greek religion, and religion in the Classical and Hellenistic periods more broadly.
Table of Contents
Introduction; 1. A selection of the main cognitive theories applied; SECTION 1 – Landscape and Apolline divination: a cognitive study; 2. Landscape agency and cognition at the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi; 3. Landscape agency and cognition at the sanctuaries of Apollo at Claros and Didyma; SECTION 2 – Architecture and Apolline divination: a cognitive study; 4. Architecture and cognition at the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi; 5. Architecture and cognition at the sanctuaries of Apollo at Claros and Didyma; SECTION 3 – Material culture and the prophets of Apollo: a cognitive study; 6. Material culture and cognition at the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi; 7. Material culture and cognition at the sanctuaries of Apollo at Claros and Didyma; CONCLUSIONS.
Giulia Frigerio recently completed her PhD at the University of Kent, where she is currently teaching modules in Classical and Archaeological Studies. Her passion for Divination and Cognitive Archaeology was born during her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Pavia and developed further during her master’s degree at the University of Oxford.