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Abstract–A Sanctuary Model for Representing Incubation in Classical Athens

Aristophanes’ comic narrative of a miracle cure of Asklepios in Wealth 627-759 reflects a model for representing this experience that would later manifest itself in the healing stories set up in the god’s sanctuary at Epidauros. In this early instantiation, the model already displays the influence of the sanctuary in the ways it seeks to gives proof that the miracle took place; as an example of this influence, my paper focuses on the motif of the waking witness, which will serve to bring out not only the function of the model but also the religious beliefs it conveys related to the philanthropic character of the god Asklepios.

About Francisco Barrenechea

Francisco Barrenechea (PhD Columbia University) is an Assistant Professor of Classics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interests include Greek drama, in particular Old Comedy and Euripides, and the performance and reception of ancient theater in Latin America. He has published several articles on Mexican adaptations of Greek tragedy, which he will expand into a book on the topic, and has also written on the poet Lucan, papyrology, and fragmentary ancient drama. At the CHS, he will work on a monograph that explores how ancient Greek comedy responded to transformations in the religious life of the community, as evinced by popular narratives of religious experiences that articulate Aristophanes’ Wealth.

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