Byzantine Dreams in Athens

imageI was just sent the program for a conference  at the end of this month in Athens on “Dreams and Visions in Late Antiquity and Byzantium“.  The program looks full of interesting approaches to dreaming ranging from the literary to the psychoanalytical.  The afternoon panel on the first day looks particularly interesting with papers by Steven Obherhelman, Maria Mavroudi, and Charles Stewart, the first and the last of which consider the relationship between Ancient or Byzantine and Modern dream practices.  None of the papers appear explicitly deal with the relationship between archaeology and dreams (as in some of my earlier posts: Dreams, Inventio, and Archaeology), judging from the titles, with inventio, so my research might have had something to add to these proceedings.  It’s always heartening to open a conference program like this one and not see paper dealing with my current research.

It is all too predictable that a conference with a focus that falls near one of my current research areas would happen less than two weeks after I leave the country!

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