Consulting the gods about your favourite blanket

Oracles were an important part of life in Greek cities of the Hellenistic and Roman periods.  Individuals, groups or communities went to locales such as Delphi, Didyma, and Claros to consult a god — in these cases the god Apollo — and to ask for guidance on various dilemnas or problems faced in their lives.  The questions asked could range from what we would consider quite important political decisions (should be go to war with this or that power?) or important health concerns (how can we conceive?) to what we would consider more mundane matters.  In reading Pierre Bonnechere’s chapter on “Divination” (A Companion to Greek Religion, p. 157) today I came across this inscriptional gem in which a man consults Zeus and Zeus’ wife, Dione, about some missing bedding:

“Agis asks Zeus Naios and Dione about his blankets and pillows, whether he has lost them or whether someone else has stolen them” (SIG, 3rd edition 1163).

3 thoughts on “Consulting the gods about your favourite blanket

  1. Brandon W

    Of course the answer to that question could have major moral ramifications. I would hate to be a member of his household if the oracle declares the blanket stolen! :-)

  2. Brandon W

    No, you should blame someone for stealing your gloves, because right after you publicly blame someone, you find where you accidentally lost them! At least that’s how it usually goes for me. :-)

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