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From Myth To Mind



"You will find a spring on the left of the halls of Hades, and beside it a white cypress growing. Do not even go near this spring. And you will find another, from the Lake of Memory, flowing forth with cold water. In front of it are guards. You must say, 'I am the child of Earth and of starry Heaven; this you yourselves also know. I am dry with thirst and am perishing. Come, give me at once cold water flowing forth from the Lake of Memory.' And they themselves will give you to drink from the divine spring, and then thereafter you shall reign with the other heroes."

[Orphic Fragment, 4th Century B.C.]





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Course information:

The Poppy, Opium

and Its Use in Late Minoan III:

Remarks on the Discovery of the Minoan Poppy Goddess Idol . By P.G. Kritikos


Entheogenic Influences on Minoan Art:

A translated excerpt from the monograph Kretische Kunst [Cretan Art] (1936) by Dr. Geerto A. S. Snijder, Dir. Allard-Pierson Museum.




The Heraion of Samos

A translated excerpt from the German monograph on the Heraion by archaeologist, Helmut Kyrieleis (1981). Description of the Hera Temple of Samos: the site, cult, votives and architectural history.


The Presocratics:

Names and Dates of the Presocratic Philosophers, each of which is linked to an article by ancient and modern writers. Includes the works of Xenophon, Plato and Aristotle, as well [From the Perseus Project]. Bibliography also provided.


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Neolithic Period:


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Minoans and Myceneans:


Ancient Greece--History, Art & Archaeology:


Ancient Greece--Mythology & Religion:



Ancient Greece--Philosophy & Science:


Ancient Greece--Ethnobotany & Ethnopharmacology:



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