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    DescriptionDream interpretation was a prominent feature of the intellectual and imaginative world of late antiquity, for martyrs and magicians, philosophers and theologians, polytheists and monotheists alike. Finding it difficult to account for the prevalence of dream-divination, modern scholarship has often condemned it as a cultural weakness, a mass lapse into mere superstition. In this book, Patricia Cox Miller draws on pagan, Jewish, and Christian sources and modern semiotic theory to demonstrate the integral importance of dreams in late-antique thought and life. She argues that Graeco-Roman dream literature functioned as a language of signs that formed a personal and cultural pattern of imagination and gave tangible substance to ideas such as time, cosmic history, and the self. Miller first discusses late-antique theories of dreaming, with emphasis on theological, philosophical, and hermeneutical methods of deciphering dreams as well as the practical uses of dreams, especially in magic and the cult of Asclepius. She then considers the cases of six Graeco-Roman dreamers: Hermas, Perpetua, Aelius Aristides, Jerome, Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory of Nazianus. Her detailed readings illuminate the ways in which dreams provided solutions to ethical and religious problems, allowed for the reconfiguration of gender and identity, provided occasions for the articulation of ethical ideas, and altogether served as a means of making sense and order of the world.


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    Title
    Dreams in Late Antiquity
    Subtitle
    Studies in the Imagination of a Culture
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patricia Cox Miller
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 429 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780691058351
    ISBN 10: 0691058350
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    BIC E4L: SOC
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB, JFC, HBLA
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S3.6
    BIC subject category V2: VXN
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27400
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN, RELI/JUDAIC
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T General Subject: 610
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/MEDITR
    B&T Approval Code: A10201500
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: REL075000, HIS002000
    B&T Approval Code: A11282015
    BISAC V2.8: LIT004190, SOC002010
    DC22: 880.9
    BISAC V2.8: REL000000
    DC21: 154.63093
    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHTB, DB, JBCC, NHC, VXN
    Edition statement
    Revised ed.
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    Princeton University Press
    Imprint name
    Princeton University Press
    Publication date
    11 January 1998
    Publication City/Country
    New Jersey
    Review quote
    "Patricia Cox Miller should be commended for having cast her net wide. Her book, indeed, represents the first sustained effort to present and analyze the place of dreams in the culture of the Roman Empire, from the second to the fifth centuries... By studying together pagan and Christian dreams, Cox Miller hopes to reach a better understanding of some fundamental patterns of late antique culture."--Guy G. Stroumsa, The Journal of Religion "A fluent and discursive text... This is an adventurous exploration of a range of material which deserves to be more widely known."--Gillian Clark, The Classical Review
    Back cover copy
    Dream interpretation was a prominent feature of the intellectual and imaginative world of late antiquity, for martyrs and magicians, philosophers and theologians, polytheists and monotheists alike. Finding it difficult to account for the prevalence of dream-divination, modern scholarship has often condemned it as a cultural weakness, a mass lapse into mere superstition. In this book, Patricia Cox Miller draws on pagan, Jewish, and Christian sources and modern semiotic theory to demonstrate the integral importance of dreams in late-antique thought and life. She argues that Graeco-Roman dream literature functioned as a language of signs that formed a personal and cultural pattern of imagination and gave tangible substance to ideas such as time, cosmic history, and the self. Miller first discusses late-antique theories of dreaming, with emphasis on theological, philosophical, and hermeneutical methods of deciphering dreams as well as the practical uses of dreams, especially in magic and the cult of Asclepius. She then considers the cases of six Graeco-Roman dreamers: Hermas, Perpetua, Aelius Aristides, Jerome, Gregory of Nyssa, and Gregory of Nazianzus. Her detailed readings illuminate the ways in which dreams provided solutions to ethical and religious problems, allowed for the reconfiguration of gender and identity, provided occasions for the articulation of ethical ideas, and altogether served as a means of making sense and order of the world.
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgments Ch. 2Theories of Dreams Ch. 3Interpretation of Dreams Ch. 4Dreams and Therapy Pt. IIDreamers Ch. 6Perpetua and Her Diary of Dreams Ch. 7Aelius Aristides and The Sacred Tales Ch. 8Jerome and His Dreams Ch. 9The Two Gregorys and Ascetic Dreaming Bibliography Index