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The Healing Power of Ancient Literature
     

The Healing Power of Ancient Literature

by Stephen Bertman (Editor), Lois Parker (Editor)
 

Time heals all, said Sophocles some 25 centuries ago. Taking the Greek dramatist at his word, two investigators-one a classicist and the other a licensed psychologist-organized a symposium to explore the capacity of the past to cure the ills of the present. The symposium's premise was that literature, especially ancient literature, possesses a profound power to

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Time heals all, said Sophocles some 25 centuries ago. Taking the Greek dramatist at his word, two investigators-one a classicist and the other a licensed psychologist-organized a symposium to explore the capacity of the past to cure the ills of the present. The symposium's premise was that literature, especially ancient literature, possesses a profound power to heal our souls, a power that is especially needed today when the rapidity of change and the force of world events combine to make peace of mind an ever more distant and seemingly unreachable goal. Featuring nationally-renowned scholars, the meeting explored the wisdom literature of Egypt, the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the Biblical books of Ecclesiastes and Job, the poetry of Homer, the Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, and the teachings of Lao-tzu as sources of enlightenment and inspiration for the modern world. The present anthology incorporates all six of the symposium's formal presentations-by Stephen Bertman, John Foster, David Hicks, John Maier, and Rami Shapiro-as well as an additional essay by Lois Parker on the symposium's humanistic theme.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781443809887
Publisher:
Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Publication date:
07/01/2009
Pages:
135

Meet the Author

Stephen Bertman, PhD, is Professor Emeritus of Classics at Canada's University of Windsor. His books include Doorways Through Time: The Romance of Archaeology, Handbook to Life in Ancient Mesopotamia, Erotic Love Poems of Greece and Rome, The Eight Pillars of Greek Wisdom, Hyperculture, and Cultural Amnesia. Lois Parker, PhD, is a Licensed Psychologist, Director Emerita of Counseling Services at the University of Nevada, Reno, and founder of The Parker Institute. A believer in narrative's psychologically restorative power, she is the author of Mythopoesis: Toward Integrating Image and Story and the winner of the 2003 Thornton Peace Prize.

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