Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche: Archetypes Evolving

Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche: Archetypes Evolving

Thomas Singer

Language: English

Pages: 222

ISBN: 041571432X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Between ancient Greece and modern psyche lies a divide of not only three thousand years, but two cultures that are worlds apart in art, technology, economics and the accelerating flood of historical events. This unique collection of essays from an international selection of contributors offers compelling evidence for the natural connection and relevance of ancient myth to contemporary psyche, and emerges from the second 'Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche' conference held in Santorini, Greece, in 2012.

This volume is a powerful homecoming for those seeking a living connection between the psyche of the ancients and our modern psyche. This book looks at eternal themes such as love, beauty, death, suicide, dreams, ancient Greek myths, the Homeric heroes and the stories of Demeter, Persephone, Apollo and Hermes as they connect with themes of the modern psyche. The contributors propose that that the link between them lies in the underlying archetypal patterns of human behaviour, emotion, image, thought, and memory.

Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche: Archetypes Evolving makes clear that an essential part of deciphering our dilemmas resides in a familiarity with Western civilization's oldest stories about our origins, our suffering, and the meaning or meaninglessness in life. It will be of great interest to Jungian psychotherapists, academics and students as well as scholars of classics and mythology.




















through my mind and served to toughen my soul for the trying days ahead. After the war, I looked these lines up again to refresh my memory, and here they are: What though the field be lost? All is not lost; th’ unconquerable will, And study of revenge, immortal hate, And courage never to submit or yield. (Paradise Lost, Book i, Lines 105–8) I kept those half-remembered lines in my mind all through my prison stay. Four and a half months later, King Michael of Romania ordered the German

Rutter), Placing Psyche: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Australia (Spring, 2011); and Listening to Latin America: Exploring Cultural Complexes in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela (Spring, 2012). CONTRIBUTORS Jules Cashford, MA, is a Jungian analyst from the Association of Jungian Analysts in London. She studied philosophy at St. Andrews University and post-graduate literature at Cambridge, where she was a Supervisor in Tragedy for some years. She has translated The

quite different from the Logos of conscious life, and the Logos of the unconscious is even more profound. Those of us who work with the unconscious cannot simplify a dream into a puzzle that lacks a solution. Rather, just as our kin of earlier cultures assumed, we expect our dreams will lead us somewhere. We know well enough that myth deploys the faculties of conscious imagination, but we may lose sight of the fact that the roots of myth, those taproots and tendrils of Deep (mythic) Imagination,

but they do so by breaking them without eradicating them. Think of an early experience of reading a poignant poem, for example; perhaps you, too, suddenly felt in your bones, “Oh, someone else is lonely, too?” A new relationship of an unknown-but-felt kinship with someone else, alive or dead, may seem unimaginably fragile, but relationships of this kind are real to us, too; they warm us, they culture us, and we expand.35 We think of culture as consisting of sets of shared habits, languages, or

Editors publishes Opinion and Analysis that concludes we ought not “reanimate,” that all projects to revive long-gone species are sideshows to the real extinction crisis.53 I learn that “re-wilding” (to these scientists) means the clearing of forests so forestlands become biodiverse meadows able to support different (often older) populations of wild life. (What, I wonder, about our need for the trees of those dwindling forests? Aren’t they the lungs of the earth, as we know them?) Really,

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