The afterlife of a dream and the ritual system of the Epidaurian Asklepieion

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1 Citation (Scopus)

Abstract

This study looks at the ways that the healing inscriptions at the Epidauran Asklepieion transfer the private experience of a supplicant into the public realm of the life of the sanctuary. This process imbues the individual dream with a potential for influence that can honor the god in unforeseen ways well into the future. The study then examines the role of one god, MnÄ"mosyne, in the afterlife of the dream in order to gain an appreciation of the overall ritual system at the Asklepieion. It will be argued that MnÄ"mosyne plays a key role ritually not just in preserving the memory of the dream for the individual, but also in intellectually ordering the mind for the dreamer to articulate the dream to the sanctuary officials, in enabling the construction and inscription of the account for public display, and in creating opportunities for others to honor Asklepios well into the future and well beyond Epidaurus. MnÄ"mosynes involvement at the Epidauran Asklepieion attests to a complex ritual system of human action within a perceived divine group-effort to benefit the divine and human worlds.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)35-51
Number of pages17
JournalArchiv fur Religionsgeschichte
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Fingerprint

Deity
Sanctuary
Afterlife
Human Action
Human World
Asklepios
Public Display
Dreamer
Healing

Cite this

The afterlife of a dream and the ritual system of the Epidaurian Asklepieion. / Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P.

In: Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte, Vol. 15, No. 1, 01.01.2014, p. 35-51.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

@article{9306b6e228ed4438a1a1da645248725d,
title = "The afterlife of a dream and the ritual system of the Epidaurian Asklepieion",
abstract = "This study looks at the ways that the healing inscriptions at the Epidauran Asklepieion transfer the private experience of a supplicant into the public realm of the life of the sanctuary. This process imbues the individual dream with a potential for influence that can honor the god in unforeseen ways well into the future. The study then examines the role of one god, Mn{\"A}{"}mosyne, in the afterlife of the dream in order to gain an appreciation of the overall ritual system at the Asklepieion. It will be argued that Mn{\"A}{"}mosyne plays a key role ritually not just in preserving the memory of the dream for the individual, but also in intellectually ordering the mind for the dreamer to articulate the dream to the sanctuary officials, in enabling the construction and inscription of the account for public display, and in creating opportunities for others to honor Asklepios well into the future and well beyond Epidaurus. Mn{\"A}{"}mosynes involvement at the Epidauran Asklepieion attests to a complex ritual system of human action within a perceived divine group-effort to benefit the divine and human worlds.",
author = "Ahearne-Kroll, {Stephen P}",
year = "2014",
month = "1",
day = "1",
doi = "10.1515/arege-2013-0004",
language = "English (US)",
volume = "15",
pages = "35--51",
journal = "Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte",
issn = "1436-3038",
publisher = "Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co. KG",
number = "1",

}

TY - JOUR

T1 - The afterlife of a dream and the ritual system of the Epidaurian Asklepieion

AU - Ahearne-Kroll, Stephen P

PY - 2014/1/1

Y1 - 2014/1/1

N2 - This study looks at the ways that the healing inscriptions at the Epidauran Asklepieion transfer the private experience of a supplicant into the public realm of the life of the sanctuary. This process imbues the individual dream with a potential for influence that can honor the god in unforeseen ways well into the future. The study then examines the role of one god, MnÄ"mosyne, in the afterlife of the dream in order to gain an appreciation of the overall ritual system at the Asklepieion. It will be argued that MnÄ"mosyne plays a key role ritually not just in preserving the memory of the dream for the individual, but also in intellectually ordering the mind for the dreamer to articulate the dream to the sanctuary officials, in enabling the construction and inscription of the account for public display, and in creating opportunities for others to honor Asklepios well into the future and well beyond Epidaurus. MnÄ"mosynes involvement at the Epidauran Asklepieion attests to a complex ritual system of human action within a perceived divine group-effort to benefit the divine and human worlds.

AB - This study looks at the ways that the healing inscriptions at the Epidauran Asklepieion transfer the private experience of a supplicant into the public realm of the life of the sanctuary. This process imbues the individual dream with a potential for influence that can honor the god in unforeseen ways well into the future. The study then examines the role of one god, MnÄ"mosyne, in the afterlife of the dream in order to gain an appreciation of the overall ritual system at the Asklepieion. It will be argued that MnÄ"mosyne plays a key role ritually not just in preserving the memory of the dream for the individual, but also in intellectually ordering the mind for the dreamer to articulate the dream to the sanctuary officials, in enabling the construction and inscription of the account for public display, and in creating opportunities for others to honor Asklepios well into the future and well beyond Epidaurus. MnÄ"mosynes involvement at the Epidauran Asklepieion attests to a complex ritual system of human action within a perceived divine group-effort to benefit the divine and human worlds.

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/record.url?scp=84906975544&partnerID=8YFLogxK

UR - http://www.scopus.com/inward/citedby.url?scp=84906975544&partnerID=8YFLogxK

U2 - 10.1515/arege-2013-0004

DO - 10.1515/arege-2013-0004

M3 - Article

VL - 15

SP - 35

EP - 51

JO - Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte

JF - Archiv fur Religionsgeschichte

SN - 1436-3038

IS - 1

ER -