n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - The reputation of the 'Mantis' Aristander

Volume 48, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Modern studies on the seer Aristander of Telmessus have rarely considered more widely the significance of ancient testimonies relevant to his reputation. This paper reviews the relevant to the seer's eminence. The ancient evidence indicates not only a diviner with expertise in many fields (extispicy, augury, the interpretation of prodigies, oneiromancy, and spontaneous prophecy), but one who was also a warrior, author, and possible Platonist. I argue that it was not Callisthenes or another historical source who was responsible for Aristander's emergence from obscurity. Rather, as a close confidant of the King and published author, Aristander was already a suitable subject for inclusion in the histories of Alexander. His enduring reputation in the indicates that it was through his own merit that Aristander bequeathed his name to posterity.

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