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Artemidorus, Dream Exegesis, and the Case of the Interpolating Expert Dreamer

Hall, Claire

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This article makes the following case: according to Artemidorus of Daldis’ Oneirocriticon one main task of the dream interpreter is to identify, through knowledge of the dreamer, which components of a dream are internal in order to assess—as far as possible—the external components of a dream. I argue that very similar hermeneutic issues were being extensively theorised in Artemidorus’ period by Jewish and Christian writers who were concerned with the problem of prophetic interpolation: in particular, cases in the Bible in which prophecies do not come true. In making this comparison, I hope to clarify a number of features of Artemidorus’ hermeneutic, including the relationship between the origin and structure of dreams and the exegetical practice of the dream-interpreter.

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Hall, C. (2022). Artemidorus, Dream Exegesis, and the Case of the Interpolating Expert Dreamer. Mnemosyne: A Journal of Classical Studies, https://doi.org/10.1163/1568525x-12347333

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Dec 1, 2022
Online Publication Date Dec 23, 2022
Publication Date Dec 23, 2022
Deposit Date Feb 24, 2023
Publicly Available Date Feb 24, 2023
Journal Mnemosyne
Print ISSN 0026-7074
Electronic ISSN 1568-525X
Publisher Brill Academic Publishers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
DOI https://doi.org/10.1163/1568525x-12347333
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1181007

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