9781441176332

Dreams and Dreaming in the Roman Empire Cultural Memory and Imagination

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    9781441176332

  • ISBN10:

    1441176330

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-09-05
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

The history and literature of the Roman Empire is full of reports of dream prophecies, dream ghosts and dream gods. This volume offers a fresh approach to the study of ancient dreams by asking not what the ancients dreamed or how they experienced dreaming, but why the Romans considered dreams to be important and worthy of recording. Dream reports from historical and imaginative literature from the high point of the Roman Empire (the first two centuries AD) are analysed as objects of cultural memory, records of events of cultural significance that contribute to the formation of a group's cultural identity. The book also introduces the term ‘cultural imagination', as a tool for thinking about ancient myth and religion, and avoiding the question of ‘belief', which arises mainly from creed-based religions. The book's conclusion compares dream reports in the Classical world with modern attitudes towards dreams and dreaming, identifying distinctive features of both the world of the Romans and our own culture.

Author Biography

Juliette Harrisson is an external lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK and an associate lecturer with the Open University, UK. Her chief research interest lies in ancient myth and religion in the Roman Empire, studied through the theoretical framework of cultural memory.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Dreams and Cultural Memory / 1: Dreams in the Ancient World / 2: Dreams in Literature of Record / 3: Dreams in Imaginative Literature / 4: Dreams in the Cultural Imagination / Conclusion / Appendices / Bibliography.

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