Donnerstag, 05. Dezember 2019, 17:00 - 18:00 iCal

Eranos-Vortrag: Danuta Shanzer

The Voices of Demons in Late Antiquity

Hörsaal 21 (HS) im Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien
Universitätsring 1, 1010 Wien


For Krampus: an explanation of how the topic emerged, followed by a lightning tour of ancient views of various relationships between the self and others (with a few modern analogies along the way). These, often metaphorical, relationships could be seen as largely functional, some even as desirable. But what of more dysfunctional relationships between the Self and an Indwelling Other, namely, demonic possessions? Physical symptoms of demoniacs’ behavior are fairly familiar, but vocal phenomena haven’t received quite the same attention. How did demons speak? What characterized their recorded and imagined utterances? One may not (or no longer) believe in the phenomena attested in Late Antique sources, but that merely concentrates interest on the why, e.g. what work the fiction is doing in a given author? Why did he bother to tell us about demonic speech? The bulk of the time will be devoted to close readings of selected narratives of possession from Late Antiquity, concentrating on the demonic utterance in its oral-aural dimensions. The passages will range from the NT down to the 6th C. CE.




Nadine Franziska Riegler
Eranos Vindobonensis