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date: 07 December 2022

Chaldaean Oracleslocked

Chaldaean Oracleslocked

  • David Potter


These are conventionally attributed either to a certain Julian the Chaldaean, who is alleged to have flourished in the reign of *Trajan, or to his son, Julian the Theurgist, who lived in the reign of Marcus *Aurelius and, according to the Suda, was responsible for the rain miracle in Marcus’ German wars. The traditional date in the 2nd cent. ce can be defended only on the dubious assumption that there are two allusions to the oracles in the work of *Numenius, who wrote no later than the second half of the 2nd cent. Otherwise there is no reference to these texts until the late 3rd cent., when *Iamblichus (2) quoted from them in his On the Mysteries of the Egyptians (but cf. Athanassiadi, below).There is considerable evidence in the corpus, and from the way in which the oracles are cited by later Neoplatonists, that the text consisted of a series of oracles spoken by a variety of gods, of whom the most important was evidently *Hecate.


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