Dreams and Medicine in the Pergamum Asklepieion

Salvatore Nicosia


The article discusses the main aspects of the onirical theraphy in Greek theurgical medicine, practised, as well known, in Asklepius temples all over Greek territories. Iamata , written sources and chronicles fournish reliable testimonies of activities performed in the sacred structures, most of which concerning the reading and interpretations of dreams. A privileged witness of these practices is Aelius Aristides, in the Ieroi Logoi  describing the particular link connecting his psychological and metaphorical diseases to the divine power of Asklepius, revealing his healing terrific capacities mainly through therapeutic dreams.


Key words: Dreams - Theurgical Medicine - Asklepios - Incubatio

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