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Where Dreams May Come : Incubation Sanctuaries in the Greco-Roman World - by Gil H. Renberg (Hardcover)

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Renberg presents a comprehensive and critical study of incubation--divination through dreams in sacred places--during the classical Greco-Roman period. His account of Greco-Roman Egypt led him back to Pharaonic Egypt as well, and his search for possible origins of Greek incubation required him to examine the phenomenon among the Sumerians, Babylonians, Hittites, and other people of the ancient Near East. He also considers Christian incubation until approximately the eighth century. The first volume contains introductory chapters and discussions of Greek cults and Egyptian and Greco-Egyptian cults. The second volume contains thematic studies and a catalogue. Among those topics are proxy incubations and priestly incubation, an illustrated catalog of incubation reliefs from the cults of Asklepios and Amphiaraos, hypnos/somnus and oneiros as evidence for incubation at Asklepieia: a reassessment, Egyptian festivals and divinatory incubation, and whether lepers' visions at Hammat Gader (Emmatha) are a form of incubation in late antique Syria. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

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