Artemidorus Oneirocritica: Text, Translation, and Commentary

Hardcover | December 8, 2012

byDaniel E. Harris-McCoy

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In ancient Greece and Rome, dreams were believed by many to offer insight into future events. Artemidorus' Oneirocritica, a treatise on dream-divination and compendium of dream-interpretations written in Ancient Greek in the mid-second to early-third centuries AD, is the only surviving textfrom antiquity that instructs its readers in the art of using dreams to predict the future. In it, Artemidorus discusses the nature of dreams and how to interpret them, and provides an encyclopaedic catalogue of interpretations of dreams relating to the natural, human, and divine worlds.In this volume, Harris-McCoy offers a revised Greek text of the Oneirocritica with facing English translation, a detailed introduction, and scholarly commentary. Seeking to demonstrate the richness and intelligence of this understudied text, he gives particular emphasis to the Oneirocritica'scomposition and construction, and its aesthetic, intellectual, and political foundations and context.

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In ancient Greece and Rome, dreams were believed by many to offer insight into future events. Artemidorus' Oneirocritica, a treatise on dream-divination and compendium of dream-interpretations written in Ancient Greek in the mid-second to early-third centuries AD, is the only surviving textfrom antiquity that instructs its readers in t...

Daniel Harris-McCoy is currently a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Boston College. His research generally relates to Greek and Latin history of ideas. In addition to dreams, he is interested in how knowledge was transmitted in antiquity and the intellectual, aesthetic, and political dimensions of ...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:656 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:December 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199593477

ISBN - 13:9780199593477

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PrefaceIntroduction1. Artemidorus, the Oneirocritica, and its Purpose2. Composition3. Interpretation4. Organization5. 'Political' Dimensions6. The Autobiography of Artemidorus Redux7. Cultural Contexts, Underpinnings, and Parallels8. Greek Text and English TranslationText and TranslationBook 1Book 2Book 3Book 4Book 5CommentaryBook 1Book 2Book 3Book 4Book 5Differences from the 1963 Teubner TextBibliography