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Dreams and Dreaming in the Roman Empire (Electronic book text)
Dreams and Dreaming in the Roman Empire (Electronic book text): Juliette Harrisson
Dreams and Dreaming in the Roman Empire (Electronic book text): Juliette Harrisson

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Dreams and Dreaming in the Roman Empire (Electronic book text)

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.

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Imprint: Bloomsbury Academic
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2013
Authors: Juliette Harrisson
Format: Electronic book text
Pages: 320
ISBN-13: 978-1-306-72555-2
Barcode: 9781306725552
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Books > Humanities > History > World history > BCE to 500 CE
Books > History > World history > BCE to 500 CE
Books > Humanities > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
Books > History > History of specific subjects > Social & cultural history
LSN: 1-306-72555-0

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