Dreambooks in Byzantium: Six Oneirocritica in Translation, with Commentary and Introduction

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Ashgate, 2008 - History - 251 pages
Dreambooks in Byzantium offers the first English translation with commentary of six of the seven extant Byzantine oneirocritica--manuals on the interpretation of dreams. Dreams permeated all aspects of Byzantine culture, from religion to literature to everyday life, and drew upon Classical and Islamic literature, oral and written Byzantine materials, and, perhaps, their own oneirocritic practices. Much of the source-material was pagan in origin and was reworked into a Christianized context, with many interpretations given a Christian coloring.

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Contents

The Art of Interpreting Dreams
21
The Cultural Historical and Social Background
39
The Dream book of
59
The Dreambook
117
The Oneirocriticon of Astrampsychus
149
An Additional Dreambook
167
Bibliography of Works Cited
219
Index of Dream Symbols
233
General Index
249
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About the author (2008)

Victoria Pedrick is associate professor in the Department of Classics at Georgetown University. Steven M. Oberhelman is professor in the Department of European and Classical Languages at Texas A&M University.

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