Human Contact with Gods
Magic and Curses
Spontaneous dreams or god- sent dreams (true or deceitful)
Peisistratos woke up remembering a dream he had experienced in which he
had been in bed with his mother.
He interpreted this to mean that he would return to Athens to recover the
power he had lost and he would die of old age in his own country.
He guided the Persians in an expedition against the Greeks, to Marathon.
During this he started to have a violent fit of sneezing and coughing, which
resulted in him losing his tooth.
When he could not find his tooth he realized that the land was not his and he
would not be able to subdue it. He realized his tooth was the only share he
ever had it in, which was the actual meaning of the dream.
Dreams in sanctuaries
o Divine guidance if one did not know how to deal with an issue, they
would ask the god to send a dream with advice. They were to follow
the advice even if they did not agree with it. th
o Healing dreams Asklepios cult was introduced in the late 5
century. Asklepios was the god of healing.
Inscriptions from the sanctuary of Asklepios were thought by some
to be faked to convince people to come to the sanctuary.
Amphiaroes= another god of healing
Didn’t foretell future but gave advice.
A sanctuary where ad