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Retrospect

Yulia Ustinova

in Caves and the Ancient Greek Mind

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199548569
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720840 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199548569.003.0007
 Retrospect

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The Retrospect draws together the major themes explored in the book, focusing on the modalities common to prophecy, early philosophy, and mystery cults. It offers new integrative interpretations of these phenomena, highlighting the role of seers and sages as intermediaries between immortals and mortals who sought superhuman knowledge in altered states of consciousness, inside caves or isolated rooms, and stressing that for the Greeks, cave experiences were a well-known way to attain ultimate truth.

Keywords: prophecy; early philosophy; mystery cults; cave experiences; superhuman knowledge; ultimate truth; caves

Chapter.  2485 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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