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Caves and the ancient Greek mind : descending underground in the search for ultimate truth

Author: Yulia Ustinova
Publisher: Oxford : Oxford University Press, ©2009.
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A study of the way in which poets, priests, and sages sought for wisdom in ancient Greece by descending into caves or underground chambers. Yulia Ustinova offers a novel approach by juxtaposing  Read more...

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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Yulia Ustinova
ISBN: 9780199548569 0199548560
OCLC Number: 269433644
Description: x, 315 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Cave experiences and the human mind --
Altered states of consciousness --
Caves as mental images --
Human consciousness in the cave --
Near-death experiences --
Altered states of consciousness, shamanism, and ancient Greece --
2. Oracles and caves --
Caves of the nymphs and Pan --
Entrances to the netherworld --
Oracles of underground dwellers --
Apollo shining in the dark --
The Delphic Adyton : theories and facts --
3. Seers and poets --
Sibyls --
Blind seers --
4. Sages and philosophers --
Early sages --
Pythagoras --
Parmenides and the Eleatics --
Empedocles --
5. Near-death experiences, real and make-believe --
Chasm in the mind --
Mysteries --
Retrospect.
Responsibility: Yulia Ustinova.
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