Divination by Horses

  Divination in the ancient world took many forms. We’ve already talked about hepatoscopy, divination by means of the liver, as well as the fumes at Delphi. Most people are also familiar with augury, a popular form of divination which interpreted the calls and flights of birds. In the ancient world, nearly anything could be […]

Oracles and Acts of War

“[These bad things] happened because the Euboeans regarded an oracle of Bacis they had received as nonsense…” —Herodotus, 5th Century CE The winners of history are often guided by providence. After all, who else’s side could God be on except those who survive the perils of war? Survival, my friend, is pretty strong proof that […]