Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth by Yulia Ustinova

Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth

byYulia Ustinova

Hardcover | March 12, 2009

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Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind analyses techniques of searching for ultimate wisdom in ancient Greece. The Greeks perceived mental experiences of exceptional intensity as resulting from divine intervention. They believed that to share in the immortals' knowledge, one had to liberate the soulfrom the burden of the mortal body by attaining an altered state of consciousness, that is, by merging with a superhuman being or through possession by a deity. These states were often attained by inspired mediums, `impresarios of the gods' - prophets, poets, and sages - who descended into caves orunderground chambers. Yulia Ustinova juxtaposes ancient testimonies with the results of modern neuropsychological research. This novel approach enables an examination of religious phenomena not only from the outside, but also from the inside: it penetrates the consciousness of people who wereengaged in the vision quest, and demonstrates that the darkness of the caves provided conditions vital for their activities.

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Yulia Ustinova is Senior Lecturer in the Department of General History at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

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Title:Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate TruthFormat:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.95 inPublished:March 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199548560

ISBN - 13:9780199548569

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Cave Experiences and the Human Mind2. Oracles and Caves3. Seers and Poets4. Sages and Philosophers5. Near-Death Experiences: Real and Make-BelieveConclusionsRetrospect