Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth

Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind: Descending Underground in the Search for Ultimate Truth

by Yulia Ustinova

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Overview

Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind analyses techniques of searching for ultimate wisdom in ancient Greece. The Greeks perceived mental experiences of exceptional intensity as resulting from divine intervention. They believed that to share in the immortals' knowledge, one had to liberate the soul from the burden of the mortal body by attaining an altered state of consciousness, that is, by merging with a superhuman being or through possession by a deity. These states were often attained by inspired mediums, 'impresarios of the gods' - prophets, poets, and sages - who descended into caves or underground chambers. Yulia Ustinova juxtaposes ancient testimonies with the results of modern neuropsychological research. This novel approach enables an examination of religious phenomena not only from the outside, but also from the inside: it penetrates the consciousness of people who were engaged in the vision quest, and demonstrates that the darkness of the caves provided conditions vital for their activities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780191563423
Publisher: OUP Oxford
Publication date: 02/12/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,106,529
File size: 665 KB

About the Author

Yulia Ustinova is Senior Lecturer, Department of General History, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Cave Experiences and the Human Mind
2. Oracles and Caves
3. Seers and Poets
4. Sages and Philosophers
5. Near-Death Experiences: Real and Make-Believe
Conclusions
Retrospect

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