Completing the Loop
Healing, Disease and Placebo in Graeco-Roman Asclepius Temples - A Neurocognitive Approach - Olympia Panagiotidou
Olympia Panagiotidou [+]
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Olympia Panagiotidou is a Postdoc Researcher at the Department of the Study of Religion at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece. For her research, she has received a scholarship and support from the State Scholarships Foundation of Greece (IKY). She earned her PhD and holds a MA in Cognitive Science and the Study of Religion from Aristotle University and Aarhus University. She also holds a BA in History and Archaeology from Aristotle University.
In the Conclusion, the main steps of the kind of journeys supplicants might have followed in order to experience the asclepieia’s placebo effects are briefly reviewed. It is underlined that this study highlights how the application of cognitive theories to an ancient cult can deepen modern historical knowledge of past people.