2 responses to “Blindness in Greek Myth”

  1. Stephen

    This is a great collection. I wonder, have you read Karl Popper’s World of Parmenides? There is a very interesting section about blindness and how it relates to ancient language and philosophical ideas. I can’t help but see some truth in the blind seer character such as Teiresias. I also recommend, if you’ve not read it, The Eye of the Beholder by Robert Garland.

  2. millefolia

    Neat post, thank you!

    Several of the votive offerings at Asklepios’ temples [1] describe the experiences of people who came to stay at the temple to be cured of blindness, and while sleeping there [2] dreamed of having their eyelids licked by snakes [3] and when they woke they were able to see. (At least, I think there were several. It’s been a few years since I was reading the inscriptions, but I did a major paper on them.)

    [1] Greek god of healing, not especially well known these days.
    [2] At the temple at Epidauros there was a special place for patients/supplicants to sleep in so the god might visit them in their dreams.
    [3] Snakes are sacred to Asklepios–think of the caduceus, symbol of medicine even today.

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