Artemidorus' Oneirocritica: Text, Translation, and Commentary

Artemidorus' Oneirocritica: Text, Translation, and Commentary

by Daniel E. Harris-McCoy


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Artemidorus' Oneirocritica: Text, Translation, and Commentary by Daniel E. Harris-McCoy

In ancient Greece and Rome, dreams were believed by many to offer insight into future events. Artemidorus' Oneirocritica, a treatise on dream-divination and compendium of dream-interpretations written in Ancient Greek in the mid-second to early-third centuries AD, is the only surviving text from antiquity that instructs its readers in the art of using dreams to predict the future. In it, Artemidorus discusses the nature of dreams and how to interpret them, and provides an encyclopaedic catalogue of interpretations of dreams relating to the natural, human, and divine worlds.

In this volume, Harris-McCoy offers a revised Greek text of the Oneirocritica with facing English translation, a detailed introduction, and scholarly commentary. Seeking to demonstrate the richness and intelligence of this understudied text, he gives particular emphasis to the Oneirocritica's composition and construction, and its aesthetic, intellectual, and political foundations and context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780199593477
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 11/17/2012
Pages: 596
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Daniel Harris-McCoy is currently a visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Classical Studies at Boston College. His research generally relates to Greek and Latin history of ideas. In addition to dreams, he is interested in how knowledge was transmitted in antiquity and the intellectual, aesthetic, and political dimensions of ancient technical and compilatory literature.

Table of Contents

I. Artemidorus, the Oneirocritica, and its Purpose
II. Composition
III. Interpretation
IV. Organization
V. 'Political' Dimensions
VI. The Autobiography of Artemidorus Redux
VII. Cultural Contexts, Underpinnings, and Parallels
VIII. Greek Text and English Translation
Text and Translation
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5
Book 1
Book 2
Book 3
Book 4
Book 5
Differences from the 1964 Teubner Text

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