Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here


Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

The ancient Near Eastern practice of incubation provides a reference point in our discerning a pool of motifs that would have been used by the poet/narrator composing the incubation type-scene. Hence, it is appropriate to discuss the ancient Near Eastern practice of incubation at this juncture. Since the purpose of this chapter is to investigate the practice of incubation which should have influenced its literary use in the ancient Near Eastern texts, more weight is placed on nonliterary sources such as historical texts, letters, ritual texts, etc. than on purely literary texts. The Mesopotamian sources examined in the chapter bring to light forms in which incubation could take place in ancient Mesopotamia. The Hittite evidence shows the variety of forms that incubation could take in the Hittite world: royal, priestly, private, divinatory, therapeutic, multiple-day, and dream-less incubations. The chapter also focuses on incubations in Egypt and ancient Greece.

Keywords:ancient Greece; ancient Near Eastern texts; Egypt; Hittite world; incubation; Mesopotamia



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    Incubation as a Type-Scene in the Aqhatu, Kirta, and Hannah Stories — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation