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The Nightmare

The Nightmare by Henry Fuseli (1781)

This term we'll take a chronological tour of dreams in Greek literature, beginning with Homer in the 8th c. BCE and ending with interpretations of dreams collected in the 10th c. CE Suda. In between we'll visit 5th c. Athens  to compare Herodotus'  tale of Astyages' disturbing dreams about his daughter with Sophocles' account of Clytemestra's bad dream, and 4th c. Athens for Plato's physiological explanation of dreams. Then we'll hop to the 2nd c. CE to read from Longus' dreamy novel Daphnis & Chloe, then an episode from Plutarch's Life of Pelopidas and finally one of the Christian visions of Hermas' Shepherd..

This term's dates: 2 Oct - 4 Dec 2018

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