[MaFLa] FW: CEMS and CRS Lecture by Aleš Chalupa on the Delphic Oracle and the Cult of Asclepius, Thursday, 27 October at 17:30

István Bodnár StB at elte.hu
Sat Oct 15 08:50:22 CEST 2016

The Center for Religious Studies and 

The Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies

cordially invite you to 
a lecture by


Aleš Chalupa 

(Masaryk University)


Connecting the Dots: Delphic Oracle and the Cult of Asclepius from the
Perspective of Cognitive Historiography 



Thursday, October 27, 2016
5:30 PM 

CEU, Nador utca 9

Gellner Room


Reception to Follow





Abstract: The traditional historiography of religions can be positively
stimulated by insights coming from the recently established discipline of
cognitive historiography. Cognitive historiography tries to apply various
theories, which originate in the field of cognitive sciences, to the study
of historical phenomena and thus to achieve deeper under-standing of
historical events and practices. The merit of cognitive historiography will
be demonstrated here through two independent case studies. The first one
deals with the mantic procedure performed at the Delphic oracle and focuses
especially on the role of Pythiai, female priestesses of Apollo, and their
state of consciousness during oracular sessions. The second case study
concentrates on healing practices offered to patients in the temples of
Asclepius, especially on the possible contribution of incubation (sleeping
in the temple in hope of being healed or receiving therapeutic instructions
from a deity) to the fidelity of long-term transmission of patients'

Aleš Chalupa is Assistant Professor at the Department for the Study of
Religions at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. Since 2011 he also
acts as the head of this Department. His field of research covers ancient
religions, especially Roman religion and the Roman cult of Mithras, and
cognitive science of religion. In recent years, he has become one of the
propagators of cognitive historiography of religion. He is also currently
exploring possible merits of various computational and network analysis
approaches in the study of ancient religions. He is a co-founder of LEVYNA
(Laboratory for the Experimental Research of Religion) and a principal
investigator of the GEHIR project (Generative History of Ancient Religions),
funded by the Masaryk University Grant Agency (2015-2017).




Please find the promotional poster attached.

For more information, please contact 

religion at ceu.edu <mailto:religion at ceu.edu> 

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