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The dreams of Aelius Aristides: A psychological interpretation

Stephens, John C.

In: International Journal of Dream Research, 5 (2012), Nr. 1. pp. 76-86

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The topic of this article is the religious experience of Aelius Aristides, a second century A.D. sophist. Aristides was a member of the cult of Asclepius, a Greco-Roman religious healing cult.  Aristides recorded his experiences in this cult and this personal narrative includes detailed descriptions of many of Aristides’ dreams. This unusual diary is called the Sacred Tales. Our psychological analysis of Aristides’ religiosity will begin by assessing the numerical frequency of the dream images appearing in the manifest-contents of Aristides’ dreams. Our identification of the predominant images in the manifest contents of Aristides’ dreams will help us to decode the latent unconscious meaning of several of Aristides’ dreams.  Our goal is to identify the main source of Aristides’ psychological problems.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Dream Research
Volume: 5
Number: 1
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2012 11:42
Date: 2012
Page Range: pp. 76-86
Faculties / Institutes: Service facilities > Zentralinstitut für Seelische Gesundheit
Subjects: 300 Social sciences
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ancient Greece, Aristides, Cult of Asclepius
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