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Poésie pour l’esprit, rhétorique pour le corps : Remèdes littéraires et cautions épistolaires dans les Hieroi logoi d'Aelius Aistide

Abstract : This chapter focuses on the therapeutic qualities of literature and literary production in Aelius Aristides’ Hieroi Logoi. By offering a comparison between writing and narrating as a basic modality of therapy in medical treatises and in some of the most well-known healing temples and of the Graeco-Roman world, I demonstrate that Aristides is in fact far more mainstream in using rhetoric, literature and music to cure his bodily ailments than we have previously thought. Having said that, the reader is simultaneously encouraged to notice how exceptional Aristides really is precisely because, although he works with previously well-attested healing practices and commemorative discourses, he elevates them to a whole new level of sophistication and effectiveness.
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Georgia Petridou. Poésie pour l’esprit, rhétorique pour le corps : Remèdes littéraires et cautions épistolaires dans les Hieroi logoi d'Aelius Aistide. Mètis - Anthropologie des mondes grecs anciens, Daedalus/EHESS, 2017, Dossier : Soigner par les lettres : la bibliothérapie des Anciens, pp.69-94. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.4648⟩. ⟨halshs-02111928⟩

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