Dreams, Healing, and Medicine in Greece

Author(s): 
Oberhelman, Steven M.
ISBN: 
9781409424239
Date published: 
May 2013
Hardback
Price: 
£65.00

This volume centers on dreams in Greek medicine from the fifth-century B.C.E. Hippocratic Regimen down to the modern era. Medicine is here defined in a wider sense than just formal medical praxis, and includes non-formal medical healing methods such as folk pharmacopeia, religion, ’magical’ methods (e.g., amulets, exorcisms, and spells), and home remedies. This volume examines how in Greek culture dreams have played an integral part in formal and non-formal means of healing. The papers are organized into three major diachronic periods: classical Greek through late Roman, the Byzantine era, and from the Turkish period to the modern day.