La Raison Des Signes (Hardcover)

Présages, Rites, Destin Dans Les Sociétés de la Méditerranée Ancienne (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World #174)

By Stella Georgoudi, Renee Koch Piettre, Francis Schmidt

Brill, 9789004209459, 626pp.

Publication Date: December 9, 2011

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Description

Comment pr voir l'inconnu et contr ler l'inattendu ? Les Anciens ont tent de r pondre ces questions en interpr tant des signes dans lesquels il reconnaissaient des messages divins. Ce recueil permet de comparer la diversit de leurs questionnements dans les soci t's polyth istes ou monoth istes de la M diterran e antique. Il interroge premi rement la construction rituelle des signes au sein des institutions divinatoires; deuxi mement, des ph nom nes naturels spontan's, qui, apparus hors de toute institution, ont n anmoins valeur de pr sages ou d'avertissements; troisi mement, l'intentionnalit manifest e travers l'intervention divine dans l'histoire des peuples ou les vies singuli res; quatri mement, l' pist mologie des signes dans des laborations philosophiques ou th ologiques qui clairent la tension entre donn es oraculaires et contr le ritualis des signes, entre donn es r v l es et argumentations raisonn es visant neutraliser les injonctions du destin.

How to foresee the unknown and master the unexpected? Ancient people tried to answer those questions by interpreting signs considered as divine messages. In this volume, the writers compare and examine this manifold questioning in the polytheistic and monotheistic societies of the ancient Mediterranean Sea. In the first place, it is shown how signs were ritually constructed within instituted practice of divination; second, how, although some spontaneous natural phenomena appeared out of any instituted context, may nevertheless constitute omens or monition; third, how the gods' intervention may reveal a sort of intention in the course of national history or individual life; finally, the essays study the epistemology of signs at work in some philosophical or theological elaborations, which may enlighten the tension between oracular evidence and ritual control of signs, and between revealed facts and reasoning arguments intending to neutralize the injunctions of the divine.