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date: 25 November 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

The Gk. term ekstasis may refer to any situation in which (part of) the mind or body is removed from its normal place or function. It is used for abnormal conditions of the mind such as madness, unconsciousness, or ‘being beside oneself’. In the Hellenistic and later periods the notion is influenced by the Platonic concept of ‘divine madness’, a state of inspired possession distinct from lower forms of madness and as such providing insights into objective truth. ... ...

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