The Chemical Muse: Drug Use and the Roots of Western Civilization

The Chemical Muse: Drug Use and the Roots of Western Civilization


By (author) D.C.A. Hillman

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  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 137mm x 211mm x 30mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 10 November 2008
  • ISBN 10: 0312352492
  • ISBN 13: 9780312352493
  • Edition statement: First.
  • Sales rank: 946,532

Product description

In the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, drugs were vital for use in medicine, religious ceremonies, and war campaigns. Citing examples in myths, medicinal texts, and literature, "The Chemical Muse" shows how drugs influenced and inspired the artists, philosophers, and politicians whose ideas have formed the basis for civilization as we know it. D.C.A. Hillman, Ph.D. uncovers decades of misdirection and obfuscation by conservative academics to show the history of drug use in Ancient Rome and Greece. Today, when academia and university life are often politically charged, "The Chemical Muse" will stir debate about drug use and freedom of thought.

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Author information

D. C. A. Hillman earned an M.S. in bacteriology and an M.A. and Ph.D in classics from the University of Wisconsin. His research has been published in the academic journal "Pharmacy in History." He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife and children.

Review quote

"His subject is the last wild frontier of classical studies. Almost nothing has been written about it. So Dr. Hillman has collected thousands of references to mind altering drugs in ancient literature." The Times (UK)"