University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Divination in the Ancient World

Thursday 10 November 2016
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Penn Museum

Divination Tablet

The University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Ancient Studies takes an in-depth look at the role of divination in the ancient world at this annual symposium, co-sponsored by the University Research Foundation and the Penn Museum.

Divination Tablet

The belief in divination—the possibility of learning the future and/or the will of the god(s)— is prevalent throughout the world, in both ancient and modern times. In years past, scholars tended to avoid studying divination, which was looked down upon as superstition and not worthy of academic consideration. However, over the last few decades more scholars have become interested in this topic, realizing that an examination of the practice of divination provides insights into the fears and belief systems of ancient peoples, and that the practice had real effects on people’s behavior. This conference brings together leading scholars to present and discuss original scholarship on divination in ancient societies across the world. For a full program schedule, visit the Center for Ancient Studies website.

Photo: Extispicy (Divination) Tablet, Clay, Ca 1339 BCE, Babylonian, Nippur


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