Society, Medicine and Religion in the Sacred Tales of Aelius Aristides


Aelius Aristides' Sacred Tales offer a unique opportunity to examine how an educated man of the Second Century CE came to terms with illness. The experiences portrayed in the Tales disclose an understanding of illness in both religious and medical terms. Aristides was a devout worshipper of Asclepius while at the same time being a patient of some of the most distinguished physicians of his day. This monograph offers a textual analysis of the Sacred Tales in the context of the so-called Second Sophistic; medicine and the medical use of dream interpretation; and religion, with particular emphasis on the cult of Asclepius and the visual means used to convey religious content.
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Biographical Note

Ido Israelowich, D.Phil. (2008) in Ancient History, University of Oxford, is a lecturer of Classics at Tel Aviv University. He has published on various aspects of the work of Aristides and on medicine in the Graeco-Roman World.

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" Insgesamt ist Israelowich [...] für seine Arbeit zu danken. Die Gesamtaussage, dass es sich bei den Hieroi Logoi um ein Kind seiner Zeit handelt und das Werk in weit größerem Maße als bisher gedacht die medizinischen wie auch religiösen Gegebenheiten des 2. nachchristlichen Jahrhunderts widerspiegelt, ist richtig und wichtig. Insbesondere für künftige Forschungen zu den Heiligen Berichten sowie zur Medizingeschichte ist das Werk eine Bereicherung. Christian Fron, H-Soz-u-Kult, 6.5.2013

" Ido Israelowich's book is both an informative read and a useful contribution to the history of medicine and the sick, while providing a welcome tool for specialists of Aristides and the Second Sophistic." Johann Goeken, Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 7.40.2013

" Ido Israelowich nous donne ici une étude attentive et juste, qui offre des bases sûres pour la lecture et l'interprétation des Discours sacrés." Laurent Pernot, sehepunkte 13 (2013), Nr. 12


All those interested in the history of the Roman Empire, Greek literature, religion, medicine, and Second Sophistic, as well as classical philologists.

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