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Reassessing Epictetus’ Opinion of Divination

Erlend D. MacGillivray
Published Online: 2019-05-31 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2018-0013


In recent years substantial effort has been expended by scholars to better understand the nature of the ancient interest in divination. This study will argue that the Stoic philosopher Epictetus’ views of divination have been largely overlooked and mistakenly defined by his modern interpreters. While often portrayed as being opposed to the art, it is proposed that he envisages divination can be beneficially employed: namely in highlighting certain moral actions, and in motivating individuals to commence philosophical study.

Keywords: Epictetus; Divination; Oracular; Stoicism


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Published Online: 2019-05-31

Citation Information: Apeiron, ISSN (Online) 2156-7093, ISSN (Print) 0003-6390, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apeiron-2018-0013.

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