The polytheism associated with paganism made possible definitions of piety which would astound a monotheist. This is seen in what might be called the use and abuse of oracles. These physical sites where one might query a god were common throughout the Greek world, and thus “shopping around” for a favorable oracle was not uncommon, nor impious. This talk will look at this practice in general and concentrate on one of the most famous cases that of Alexander the Great and the Oracle of Zeus/Ammon in the Libyan desert.
Refreshments and an informal atmosphere encourage the interchange of ideas. Refreshments are served at 7:00 p.m., and the talk begins at 7:30 p.m.
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