Dreaming in Byzantium and Beyond

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Dr Christine Angelidi, Mr George T Calofonos
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., May 28, 2014 - History - 260 pages
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This book – the first collection of studies on Byzantine dreams to be published – aims to demonstrate the importance of closely examining dreams in Byzantium in their wider historical and cultural, as well as narrative, context. The remarkable number of dream narratives in Byzantine hagiography, historiography, rhetoric, epistolography, and romance attests to the cardinal function of dreams as vehicles of meaning in politics, religion and literature. The essays provide a broad variety of perspectives, exploring gender, eroticism, Greco-Roman and Islamic influences, psychoanalysis and anthropology.
 

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Contents

Dream and Therapy
21
ecstasy as a form of Visionary experience in early Byzantine
35
religious and secular Visions of the other
53
a little revelation for Personal use
69
Dream narratives in the Continuation of Theophanes
95
The historiography of Dreaming in medieval Byzantium
125
The DreamKey manuals of Byzantium
145
erotic Dreams in Byzantium
187
gender ambiguity in Dreams of Conversion Prophecy
207
Psychoanalysis and Byzantine oneirographia
221
index
233
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Christine Angelidi is Research Director Emerita at the Institute of Historical Research of the Hellenic National Research Foundation, Greece. George Calofonos is Research Associate at the Institute of Historical Research of the Hellenic National Research Foundation, Greece.

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