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William E. Klingshirn
Catholic University of America (Washington, DC 20064-0001)
Diviners and Divination in the Roman Empire

This project is designed to complete a monograph on diviners and divination in the Roman empire. It studies interactions between diviners and clients; links between divination and empire; the historiography of divination; attacks on divination; and changes in divinatory practice. The book begins in the 1st century BCE with Cicero's "De Divinatione." Chapters 1-5 cover the following three centuries, when a wide range of specialized diviners practiced across the empire. Chapters 6-8 examine changes in late antiquity that led to the marginalization of diviners, Christian adaptations of divination, and the continuation of traditional specialties where remnants of the empire persisted. A prosopography of diviners will be included as an appendix.

Project fields:

Fellowships for University Teachers

Research Programs

$40,000 (approved)
$40,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
8/1/2006 – 4/30/2007