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By Steven M. Oberhelman

This quantity facilities on goals in Greek drugs from the fifth-century B.C.E. Hippocratic routine all the way down to the trendy period. medication is right here outlined in a much broader feel than simply formal scientific praxis, and comprises non-formal clinical therapeutic tools resembling people pharmacopeia, faith, 'magical' tools (e.g., amulets, exorcisms, and spells), and residential treatments. This quantity examines how in Greek tradition goals have performed a vital part in formal and non-formal technique of healing.The papers are geared up into 3 significant diachronic classes. the 1st workforce makes a speciality of the classical Greek via overdue Roman Greek sessions. issues comprise goals within the Hippocratic corpus; the cult of the god Asclepius and its therapeutic facilities, with their incubation and miracle dream-cures; desires within the writings of Galen and different scientific writers of the Roman Empire; and clinical desires in renowned oneirocritic texts, specially the second-century C.E. dreambook by way of Artemidorus of Daldis, the main famous specialist dream interpreter of antiquity. the second one workforce of papers seems to the Christian Byzantine period, whilst dream incubation and dream healings have been practised at church buildings and shrines, performed by way of residing and lifeless saints. additionally mentioned are desires as a scientific instrument utilized by physicians of their health center praxis and within the useful clinical texts (iatrosophia) that they and laypeople consulted for the therapeutic of affliction. the ultimate papers care for desires and therapeutic in Greece from the Turkish interval of Greece all the way down to the present day within the Greek islands. The concluding bankruptcy brings the e-book an entire circle by means of discussing how glossy psychotherapists and psychologists use Ascelpian dream-rituals on pilgrimages to Greece.

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221–2, 226–8; and A. Palm, “Studien zur The Value of Dream Diagnosis 35 As regards the latter point, however, the truth is that insufficient research has been conducted into the position of Regimen—and especially the ideas voiced in its fourth book—within the Corpus. If little to nothing is known of other Hippocratic authors’ ideas on dreams, how are we to assess whether or not the ideas postulated by the author of Regimen were alien to those of his fellow physicians? ”5 In the following, views on dreams held by Regimen, as well as those held by other Hippocratic authors, will be considered in order to illuminate the theoretical environment within which the author of Regimen conceived of his system of dream interpretation, and to verify to what extent this system was indeed the novel invention its author claimed it to be.

One text offers this exorcism for releasing a sufferer from every demoncaused illness: I adjure you, all unclean spirits, male and female demons, to depart from this slave of God and from his house, his head, his forehead, brain, stomach, tongue, temples, eyelids, bones, intestines, shoulders, midriff, arms, hands, feet, belly, from his head to his toenails, his knees, ankles, fingernails, kidneys, back, from the right side and the left side of his body, from all his blood and his entire body … Introduction: Medical Pluralism, Healing, and Dreams in Greek Culture 17 Every evil, flee and make your escape from this servant of God who has the cross as his protector.

2, 123–228. 2 In a few isolated areas, this cult is already attested in the Greek world in the sixth century BC. It really took flight toward the end of the fifth century, after the god had been introduced into Athens around 420 BC—surely not unrelated to impact of the great plague of Athens in 430–427/425 BC. Cf. Inscriptiones Graecae II2, no.  Edelstein and L. Edelstein [eds], Asclepius: Collection and Interpretation of the Testimonies 1 34 Dreams, Healing, and Medicine in Greece on the other hand, a more “rational” approach was adopted by physicians, who believed that dreams could divulge important medical information about the condition of the body.

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