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Author Rinella, Michael A. (Michael Anthony)

Title Pharmakon : Plato, drug culture, and identity in ancient Athens / Michael A. Rinella
Published Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, [2010]
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Description 1 online resource (xxix, 325 pages)
Contents Wine and the symposion -- The symposion and the question of stasis -- Plato's reformulation of the symposion -- Drugs, epic poetry, and religion -- Socrates accused -- Socrates rehabilitated -- Medicine, drugs, and somatic regimen -- Magic, drugs, and noetic regimen -- Speech, drugs, and discursive regimen -- Philosophy's pharmacy
Summary Pharmakon traces the emergence of an ethical discourse in ancient Greece, one centered on states of psychological ecstasy. In the dialogues of Plato, philosophy is itself characterized as a pharmakon, one superior to a large number of rival occupations, each of which laid claim to their powers being derived from, connected with, or likened to, a pharmakon. Accessible yet erudite, Pharmakon is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the place of intoxicants in ancient thought yet written
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 279-309) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Plato.
Plato. Symposium.
Drug abuse -- Greece.
Greece -- Civilization -- To 146 B.C.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1461634016 (electronic bk.)
9781461634010 (electronic bk.)