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Books Related to Jaynes's Bicameral Mind Theory

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The Early Greeks / Analysis of Homeric Literature

Books in this section are related to Book I, Chapter 3, "The Mind of the Iliad," Book II, Chapter 5, "The Intellectual Consciousness of Greece" in The Origin of Consciousness and the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind.

Featured Books:

The Greeks and the Irrational

The Greeks and the Irrational
E. R. Dodds, University of Chicago Press, 1951/1983.
"An erudite, readable, and uncommonly interesting book." Scientific American
Cited by Jaynes on pgs. 71, 162, 322, 330, 335, 344, 405.

The Discovery of the Mind

The Discovery of the Mind In Greek Philosophy and Literature
Bruno Snell, Dover Publications, 1982.
"German classicist's monumental study of the origins of European thought in Greek literature and philosophy. Brilliant, widely influential."
Cited by Jaynes on p. 71.

From Many to One: A Study of Personality and Views of Human Nature in the Context of Ancient Greek Society, Values and Beliefs
A.D.H. Adkins, Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1970.
Cited by Jaynes on p. 260.


Asclepius: A Collection and Interpretation of the Testimonies
E.J. Edelstein and L. Edelstein, 1945.
Cited by Jaynes on p. 334.

A Companion to the Iliad
Walter Leaf, London: Macmillan, 1892.
Cited by Jaynes on pgs. 81, 270.

In and Out of the Mind

In and Out of the Mind: Greek Images of the Tragic Self
Ruth Padel, Princeton University Press, 1992.
While Padel disagrees with Jaynes on some minor points, overall her discussion of the mentality of 5th century B.C. Athenians can be seen as supportive of his theory. Dissertation writing style.

The Sound of Greek
W.B. Stanford, Berkeley: University of California Press, 1967.
Cited by Jaynes on p. 364.

Documents in Mycenaean Greek
M.C.F. Ventris and J. Chadwick, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1973.
Cited by Jaynes on p. 80.

From Mycenae to Homer: A Study in Early Greek Literature and Art
T.B.L. Webster, London: Methuen, 1958.
Cited by Jaynes on pgs. 80, 272, 370.

A Companion to the Iliad: Based on the Translation by Richmond Lattimore
Malcolm M. Willcock, University of Chicago Press, 1976.