Hermes 148 (1):4 (2020)

In Greek myth and history manteis had a respected position, which did not, however, save them from being mocked by the fifth-century comic poets. They possessed a distinct technê, which was considered especially important in warfare but useful for other purposes too. This article considers their social profile, and the varied reactions to them of diverse elements in the population. The manteis encouraged the Sicilian Expedition and suffered some reputational consequences from its failure. But in the fourth century they retained a considerable degree of respectability in spite of the negative opinions of most intellectuals.
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