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Bibil Identifier bibil:256531
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Portentous Birds Flying West: On the Mesopotamian Origin of Homeric Bird-Divination
Author Smith, Duane E.
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 13, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2013
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2013
Year (Copyright) 2013
Year (Reference) 2013
Language English
Pages 49–85 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract Drawing on the Akkadian omen series Šumma Ālu and its predecessors, this essay argues for a Mesopotamian origin of Homeric bird-divination. Against the suggestion of Högemann and Oettinger that Greek bird-divination has its closest parallels with Hittite bird-divination, I argue that both in its function as a tool for divination and in its specific content, Homeric bird-divination, if not all such ancient Greek divination, finds much closer parallels in Mesopotamian divination traditions than it does in Anatolian traditions. I suggest that the late 8th century B.C.E. and the decades before and after 1200 B.C.E. represent two periods when conditions were particularly ripe for the introduction of Mesopotamian bird-divination into the Aegean and that itinerant diviners, perhaps in the employment of armies, were the most likely conveyors of this particular form of divination.
DOI 10.1163/15692124-12341245
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Divination
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Animal
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