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Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche
Archetypes Evolving

ISBN 9780415714327
Published April 16, 2015 by Routledge
222 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Between ancient Greece and modern psyche lies a divide of not only three thousand years, but two cultures that are worlds apart in art, technology, economics and the accelerating flood of historical events. This unique collection of essays from an international selection of contributors offers compelling evidence for the natural connection and relevance of ancient myth to contemporary psyche, and emerges from the second 'Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche' conference held in Santorini, Greece, in 2012.

This volume is a powerful homecoming for those seeking a living connection between the psyche of the ancients and our modern psyche. This book looks at eternal themes such as love, beauty, death, suicide, dreams, ancient Greek myths, the Homeric heroes and the stories of Demeter, Persephone, Apollo and Hermes as they connect with themes of the modern psyche. The contributors propose that that the link between them lies in the underlying archetypal patterns of human behaviour, emotion, image, thought, and memory.

Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche: Archetypes Evolving makes clear that an essential part of deciphering our dilemmas resides in a familiarity with Western civilization's oldest stories about our origins, our suffering, and the meaning or meaninglessness in life. It will be of great interest to Jungian psychotherapists, academics and students as well as scholars of classics and mythology.

Table of Contents

Beane Rutter and Singer, Introduction. San Roque, Dionysos, How It All Began: A Ritual Invocation for the 2012 Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche Conference. Beane Rutter, The Hero Who Would Not Die: Warrior and Goddess in Ancient Greek and Modern Men. Kalsched, Beauty and the Psychoanalytic Enterprise: Reflections on a Rarely Acknowledged Dimension of the Healing Process. San Roque, Introduction to the Kore Story/Persephone’s Dog and The Kore Story/Persephone’s Dog. Trousdell, Death & Necessity at the Threshold of New Life. Cashford, How Hermes and Apollo Came to Love Each Other in the Homeric Hymn To Hermes: Imagination and Form in Ancient Greece and Modern Psyche. Centomani Rutter, Penelope Scapes. van Loben Sels, Dreaming in Place: Santorini, Greece. San Roque Travelling Ariadne: A Romance.

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Virginia Beane Rutter, M.A., M.S and Thomas Singer, M.D. are both Jungian psychoanalysts affiliated with the C. G. Jung Institute in San Francisco who have life-long connections to Greek culture.  They are co-authors and editors of a previous volume of Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche which originated from the first Nomikos Conference in Santorini. Beane Rutter studies ancient myths and rites of passage through art, archaeology, and psychology and writes about the archetype of initiation as it appears in the clinical work of individuals today. Singer has produced and written multiple publications that focus on ‘the cultural complex’. He currently serves as President of the National Board of ARAS (The Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism).


‘The Ancient Greece – Modern Psyche conferences, established by Virginia Beane Rutter and Thomas Singer at Santorini, have quickly become an essential stage for dialogue between classical Greek studies and contemporary analytical psychology. In this brilliant collection of essays, the founding editors bring together seven thinkers who, with lucid double vision, weigh images of the Greek soul with scholarly precision and assess their life-and-death implications for the modern psyche.’ - Craig E. Stephenson, author of Possession: Jung’s Comparative Anatomy of the Psyche (Routledge, 2009) and Anteros: A Forgotten Myth (Routledge, 2011).