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"The Greeks and the Irrational" by E.R. Dodds; U. of California Press; Berkeley and Los Angeles, 1971

(I) Agamemnon's Apology - on Homer's Agamemnon, and the position and understanding of ate, thumos, moira, and noos in Homeric myth. Specifically, the irrational and external natures of certain forces which move the characters, together w. the "overdetermination" of causes (p.1-18).

(II) From Shame-culture to Guilt-culture - on the movement away from the jealous, touchy gods of the "Illiad" towards just gods/just Zeus of the "Odyssey" and Hesiod, from fear of phthonos to a fear of hubris, from fear only of shame to a fear of guilt, when nemesis becomes just (p.28-50).

(III) The Blessings of Madness - on Plato's four types of divine madness, prophetic (associated w. Apollo), ritual (associated w. Dionysus), poetic (associated w, the Muses), and erotic (associated w. Aphrodite and Eros) (p.64-82). Also on the use of Dionysiastic and Corybantic rites (p.75-9).

(IV) Dream-Pattern and Culture-Pattern (p.102-21)

(V) The Greek Shamans ans the Origins of Puritanism - on the supposed links between Thracian shamanism and dualistic trends in Classical Greek religious thought (ie. Pythagorean, Orphic) (p.135-56)

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