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Professor John Finamore to Speak

PROFESSOR JOHN FINAMORE TO SPEAK: On Tuesday, April 7, at 3:30, in HSS 71, John Finamore, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at the University of Iowa will give a talk on “Dream-Interpretation & Dream-Therapy: From Homer to Iamblichus.” John Finamore is Professor and Chair of Classics at The University of Iowa. He is the author of Iamblichus and the Theory of the Vehicle of the SoulIamblichus’ De Anima: Text, Translation, and Commentary (with J.M. Dillon) and co-editor (with R. Berchman) of Plato Redivivus: History of Platonism and Metaphysical Patterns in Platonism:  Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, and Modern Times, and numerous articles on philosophy and literature.  He is editor of The International Journal of the Platonic Tradition and president of the U.S. section of the International Society for Neoplatonic Studies. His talk is intended for a general audience; it will cover the role of dreams in practices surrounding ancient healing: Agamenon’s dream in the Iliad, the healing site at Epidaurus with its thank-you inscriptions, the pseudo-Hippocratic Regimen IV, Plato on dreams especially in the Timaeus, and finally Iamblichus in De Mysteriis III.

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