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The Chemical Muse: Drug Use and the Roots of Western Civilization
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“The last wild frontier of classical studies.” ---The Times (UK)
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"Citing examples in myth, medicine, and literature, D. C. A. Hillman shows how drugs have influenced and inspired the artists, philosophers, and even the politicians whose ideas have formed the basis for civilization as we know it. Many of these ancient texts may seem well known, but Hillman reveals how timid, prudish translations have actually left scholars and readers in the dark about the reality of drug use in the Classical world." "Hillman's argument is not simply "pro-drug." Instead, he appeals for an intellectual honesty that acknowledges the use of drugs in ancient societies despite today's conflicting social mores. In the modern world, where academia and university life are often politically charged, The Chemical Muse offers a unique and long-overdue perspective on the contentious topic of drug use and the freedom of thought."--BOOK JACKET.
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