The Greeks and the Irrational

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University of California Press, 1957 - Greece - 327 pages
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User Review  - reganrule - LibraryThing

While Ancient Greeks are most known for the triumph of rationalism over superstition and magic, E.R. Dodds presents an alternate history which demonstrates that, despite the intellectual advancements ... Read full review

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User Review  - Darrol - LibraryThing

A valuable introduction to Greek religious belief interlaced in the philosophers. The chapter and appendixes about magic were fascinating, but I was hoping for more of this and more about the mystery cults. Read full review

Contents

Agamemnons Apology
1
From ShameCulture to GuiltCulture
28
The Blessings of Madness
64
DreamPattern and CulturePattern
102
The Greek Shamans and the Origin
135
Rationalism and Reaction in
179
Plato the Irrational Soul and
207
The Fear of Freedom
236
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