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“The role of psychoactive drugs has been airbrushed out of the conventional picture of Western civilization. The academics who have created this drug-free Greco-Roman world have found their nemesis in Dr. Hillman’s The Chemical Muse. With clarity and directness the author gives us back a lost chapter of our Classical heritage and by doing so restores our understanding of this past.” ---Richard Rudgley, author of Lost Civilizations of the Stone Age
“In addition to demonstrating the importance of medicinal botanicals and chemicals in alleviating the sufferings of humanity in the ancient Greco-Roman world, Dr. Hillman unveils the role that many of them played as recreational drugs, not for the lunatic fringes of society, but as sources of knowledge and religious sacraments by the leading artists, thinkers, and politicians, central to the very formation of what we admire and enshrine as the Classical tradition. The Chemical Muse inspired democracy itself and the greatest minds of antiquity.”---Carl A. P. Ruck, author of Sacred Mushrooms: The Secrets of Eleusis
"David Hillman has given us a penetrating insight into our permanent romance with altered consciousness. This important work is a myth-buster."---Mike Gray, author of Drug Crazy and The China Syndrome
D. C. A. Hillman earned an M.S. in bacteriology and an M.A. and Ph.D in classics from the University of Wisconsin. His research has been published in the academic journal Pharmacy in History. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with his wife and children.
Why would so many scholars and classicists lie? Is the truth that threatening? Have they no shame? Further evidence that our institutions of learning are morally and intellectually... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Theophilus Parabombastus
It is interesting for me to discover different parts of history that have been omitted from the public's awareness because they don't fit into the current control paradigm. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Aamann Degarth
As a young college student in the early 1990s, I never had a teacher who taught classics or philosophy or history who denied the drug use of the ancients. Read morePublished on August 18, 2013 by Doug Welch
I've only begun to read this book, but so far I am enjoying the history of drug use in our culture, a must read to understand how drugs influenced our social history.Published on January 2, 2013 by Annie Perkins
Classicists are a stuffy breed with all kinds of imaginative fictions about the nobility of classical people. Read morePublished on December 21, 2012 by Pedr
A gift book for a friend they found enjoyable in the history of Drug use and Man Kind Root in Western Civilization!!Published on November 22, 2012 by halvor162
This little book was a great deal of fun to read, and it is also well written and scholarly. The author provides clear evidence of some types of drugs used(both known and unknown... Read morePublished on March 18, 2012 by Lady of Letters
This book is an Eye-Opener! It opens up the Ancient World and its Mystery Religions. It also lets us look at the stress and hard lives the people who came before us lived,and how... Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by Rev. Donna M. Swindells
This book is great! It's a fascinating history of how the use of various mind-altering drugs by the ancient Greeks and Romans was widespread and how that fact has been suppressed... Read morePublished on May 23, 2009 by Daniel L. Viets