Dreams and Medicine in the Pergamum Asklepieion
Keywords:Dreams , Theurgical Medicine, Asklepios , Incubatio
AbstractThe article discusses the main aspects of the onirical theraphy in Greek theurgical medicine, practised, as well known, in Asklepius’ temples all over Greek territories. Iamata , written sources and chronicles fournish reliable testimonies of activities performed in the sacred structures, most of which concerning the reading and interpretations of dreams. A privileged witness of these practices is Aelius Aristides, in the Ieroi Logoi describing the particular link connecting his psychological and metaphorical diseases to the divine power of Asklepius, revealing his healing terrific capacities mainly through therapeutic dreams.