Locating the Self in the Early Medieval West

Zora Žbontar


Providing insight into dream visions and the attitude towards body and soul, the contribution presents some perspectives on self-reflection in Antiquity and the early medieval West. The discovery of the individual in the twelfth century derived from a revival of forms and ideas from the past. The article examines examples of individuality that trace back to Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages. In the tradition which lay behind the medieval West, Christianity and classicism, the individual and the self-knowledge were highly valued.


the self; early medieval West; self-reflection; Christianity; dream visions; body

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