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Lecture
September 19, 2019

"Dreams in Greek and Roman Religion: The Evidence of Inscriptions."

Gil Renberg, University of Michigan
4:30 pm
6:00 pm
010 East Pyne
Co-sponsored by Art & Archaeology

Dreams and visions of the gods had a special place in ancient religion, as can be seen in the works of dozens of Greek and Latin authors going back to Homer and Hesiod.  Our knowledge of this phenomenon is supplemented by hundreds of Greek and Latin inscriptions recording god-sent dreams that first began to appear during the Classical Period and continued to be produced into Late Antiquity.  Collectively, these documents provide essential evidence for the importance of dreams in the religious lives of the Greeks and Romans, but many individual texts represent especially illuminating or intriguing examples of this type of religious experience.

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