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The persistence in Late Antiquity of medico-philosophical psychic therapy

Mayer, Wendy (2015) The persistence in Late Antiquity of medico-philosophical psychic therapy. Journal of Late Antiquity, 8 (2). pp. 337-351. ISSN 1939-6716

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Drawing on recent scholarship on mental health in the ancient world, it is argued that the previously puzzling final treatise that John Chrysostom sent to his supporters from exile is a therapeutic medico-philosophical treatise for the sick soul that draws on a well-established tradition within Hellenistic and imperial medicine and philosophy. Viewed in this light, it is a natural accompaniment to two other works written by him at this time, the treatise Quod nemo laeditur, and the final letter to Olympias. It is argued that all three works emerge from a holistic approach to the health of the human soul that is in continuity with Galen and his predecessors, an approach embraced by John early in his ministry.

Item Type: Published Articles
Repository Version: Published Version
Keywords: Late Antiquity, Medico-Philosophical Psychic Therapy
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Type of Activity: Strategic Basic Research
Subjects: C - Church History
College/Association with University of Divinity: ALC: Australian Lutheran College
Depositing User: Mr Mark Carey
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2017 04:00
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2018 01:20
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/2458

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