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Greek and Roman Mythologies
Ancient Greece
The Iliad

What were the roles of the oracles in Greek literature?

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September 17, 2014 10:12PM

In Ancient Greek literature and life alike, the famous (or, perhaps in some cases, infamous) 'oracles' encountered by literary heroes or real-life seekers of knowledge served a fundamentally divine role on earth. As mouth-pieces of the gods, perhaps even as windows into the superhuman world, oracles were sources of guidance and wisdom, speakers of blessings and curses and warnings, for mortals who were fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to gain intimate access to them.