The Interpretation of Dreams

The Interpretation of Dreams

 
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ISBN13:9780198797951
ISBN10:0198797958
Binding:Paperback
No. of pages:416 pages
Size:197x131x18 mm
Weight:290 g
Language:English
Illustrations: 3 maps
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Artemidorus' The Interpretation of Dreams(Oneirocritica) is the richest and most vivid pre-Freudian account of dream interpretation. The work is fascinating for what it reveals about ancient life, culture, and beliefs, and attitudes to the dominant power of Imperial Rome.

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'Dreams are products of the mind, and do not come from any external source'

Artemidorus' The Interpretation of Dreams (Oneirocritica) is the richest and most vivid pre-Freudian account of dream interpretation, and the only dream-book to have survived complete from Graeco-Roman times. Written in Greek around AD 200, when dreams were believed by many to offer insight into future events, the work is a compendium of interpretations of dreams on a wide range of subjects relating to the natural, human, and divine worlds. It includes the meanings of dreams
about the body, sex, eating and drinking, dress, the weather, animals, the gods, and much else.

Artemidorus' technique of dream interpretation stresses the need to know the background of the dreamer, such as occupation, health, status, habits, and age, and the work is a fascinating social history, revealing much about ancient life, culture, and beliefs, and attitudes to the dominant power of Imperial Rome.

Martin Hammond's fine translation is accompanied by a lucid introduction and explanatory notes by Peter Thonemann, which assist the reader in understanding this important work, which was an influence on both Sigmund Freud and Michel Foucault.

These two vibrant books represent a landmark in the study of Artemidorus. They will be read with astonishment by psychoanalysts and excitement by social and cultural historians. They will substantially raise the profile of dream studies within Classical scholarship and, best of all, the public's ability to access what Thonemann enticingly describes as "the magnificent, credulous, labyrinthine, pedantic and endlessly fascinating Oenirocritica of Artemidorus of Daldis".
Table of Contents:
Introduction
Note on the Text
Select Bibliography
Maps
The Interpretation of Dreams
Explanatory Notes
Appendix
Index