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Bibil Identifier bibil:246455
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) The Afterlife of a Dream and the Ritual System of the Epidaurian Asklepieion
Author Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P.
Journal Archiv für Religionsgeschichte (Volume: 15, Issue: 1)
Year (Publication) 2014
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2014
Year (Copyright) 2014
Year (Reference) 2014
Language English
Pages 35-51 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This study looks at the ways that the healing inscriptions at the Epidauran Asklepieion transfer the private experience of a supplicant into the public realm of the life of the sanctuary. This process imbues the individual dream with a potential for influence that can honor the god in unforeseen ways well into the future. The study then examines the role of one god, Mnēmosyne, in the afterlife of the dream in order to gain an appreciation of the overall ritual system at the Asklepieion. It will be argued that Mnēmosyne plays a key role ritually not just in preserving the memory of the dream for the individual, but also in intellectually ordering the mind for the dreamer to articulate the dream to the sanctuary officials, in enabling the construction and inscription of the account for public display, and in creating opportunities for others to honor Asklepios well into the future and well beyond Epidaurus. Mnēmosyne’s involvement at the Epidauran Asklepieion attests to a complex ritual system of human action within a perceived divine group-effort to benefit the divine and human worlds.
DOI 10.1515/arege-2013-0004.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Dream
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : Religion : Asclepius
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Rite
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