Sleep and Death in ancient Greece

Oktober 11, 2022 00:00
Oktober 11, 2022 00:00


Anna Satsyk was born in Kyiv in 2002, later moved to Berlin to develop and work in the cultural field and explore the city’s artistic scene. Currently pursuing a combined degree in Art History and Cultural Studies at the Humboldt University of Berlin.


Sleep and dreams in the system of ideas of the Ancient Greeks about the Afterlife.

The comparison of sleep and death is very ancient, its examples can be found in many cultures of different times, but only in ancient Greece did these comparisons get a theoretical justification. The ancient Greeks believed sleep and death are closely related and the reflection of this connection is to be found in all spheres, in mythology, philosophy, and public life.

We will talk about the proximity of sleep and death in mythological terms, discuss how dreams can serve as proof of the afterlife and how the living can receive prophecy from the dead through sleep, to give a general idea of how sleep and dreaming are integrated in the system of Greek ideas about life after death.