Dreams and Dreaming in the Roman Empire: Cultural Memory and Imagination (BOK)

Juliette Harrisson

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The history and literature of the Roman Empire is full of reports of dream prophecies, dream ghosts and dream gods. This volume offers a fresh approach to the study of ancient dreams by asking not what the ancients dreamed or how they experienced dreaming, but why the Romans considered dreams to be important and worthy of recording. Dream reports from historical and imaginative literature from the high point of the Roman Empire (the first two centuries AD) are analysed as objects of cultural memory, records of events of cultural significance that contribute to the formation of a group's cultural identity. The book also introduces the term 'cultural imagination', as a tool for thinking about ancient myth and religion, and avoiding the question of 'belief', which arises mainly from creed-based religions. The book's conclusion compares dream reports in the Classical world with modern attitudes towards dreams and dreaming, identifying distinctive features of both the world of the Romans and our own culture.

Produktfakta

Språk Engelsk Engelsk Innbinding Innbundet
Utgitt 2013 Forfatter Juliette Harrisson
Forlag
Bloomsbury Academic
ISBN 9781441176332
Antall sider 320 Dimensjoner 15,6cm x 23,4cm x 2,3cm
Vekt 621 gram Leverandør Bertram Trading Ltd
Emner og form Literary studies: general, Classical history / classical civilisation

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