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Title: Frammenti superstiti di una silloge oracolare cristiana
Subtitle: Il caso delle cosiddette Χρησμῳδίαι Ἑλληνικαί
Author(s): TISSI, Lucia Maddalena
Journal: Byzantion
Volume: 87    Date: 2017   
Pages: 349-374
DOI: 10.2143/BYZ.87.0.3256911

Abstract :
This paper investigates a Christian oracular collection known as Chresmodiai Hellenikai (Greek Prophecies) partially preserved in a composite work known as De gestis in Perside (end of 6th c. AD) as a quotation from Philip’s History, probably the Christian History by Philip of Side (430 AD). First, the study analyses the three oracles explicitly drawn from the Hellenic Prophecies, secondly it investigates the other oracles transmitted in De gestis arguing their derivation from the same collection. This investigation sheds light on the complex history of these texts and on the fluidity of their transmission. Lastly, the Greek Prophecies have probably played a relevant role as a source of the so-called Theosophy of Tubingen (5-6th c. AD). Moreover, like in the Theosophy, the author of the De gestis uses oracular wisdom to promote a symphony among Pagans, Christians and Jews.

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