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Soigner par les lettres : la bibliothérapie des Anciens

Abstract : The introductory chapter presents the issues of the thematic dossier. Contrary to modern bibliotherapy, which heals mostly mental diseases, the Ancients used therapeutic reading and writing to heal bodily disorders. They considered literary practices as health practices, for their conception of both the medical domain as well as the uses of books differed from our own. Reading and writing had undoubtedly for them a physiological action on the body and this effect was used for therapeutic purposes. Certain types of texts or literary exercises were chosen for specific diseases to be cured. Lastly, the thematic dossier shows the interconnection among social prestige, literacy or epistolography, and health care for the Greco-Roman political elite, as distinctive social marks of a literate and refined aristocracy.
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Antoine Pietrobelli. Soigner par les lettres : la bibliothérapie des Anciens. Dossier. Soigner par les lettres : La bibliothérapie des Anciens, Éditions de l’École des hautes études en sciences sociales, pp.7-20, 2017, 9782713230745. ⟨10.4000/books.editionsehess.4632⟩. ⟨hal-02906859⟩



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