Interesting conference taking place at Yale University later this month on oracles and prophecy in antiquity. The line-up of speakers includes Sarah Iles Johnston, Fritz Graf, and Jessica Lamont. This is not to be missed for those of you in the area!
From the organizers:
Many studies have been conducted on the manner in which cultures across the globe have attempted (and continue to attempt) communication with higher powers. The study of divination, prophecy and oracles, however, has suffered from their being considered in isolation. “Between Heaven and Earth” invites graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty to an interdisciplinary exploration of prophecy, magic, and oracular and divinatory practices in the ancient world, including the ancient Mediterranean, Near East, and ancient China. Bringing together scholars in Egyptology, Classics, East Asian Languages and Literatures, Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, and Religious Studies, it will also seek new theoretical models for approaching prophecy, divination, and oracles in the ancient world.
For more information, please see the conference website.