Oracula Chaldaica
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A. Definition

The Chaldaean Oracles (Oracula Chaldaica = OC) are works of Middle Platonist poetry in Greek dating from the late 2nd cent. AD (introduction with literature [9.7–57]; [8.1–46]; [14.11–31]). They are characterized by the assumption of a primary god (superordinate to the World Creator, conceived as the intellect), triadic speculations, the doctrine of three concentric worlds (empyrean = spiritual, aethereal, earthly), …

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Seng, Helmut, “Oracula Chaldaica”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-8647_bnps5_e900010>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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