The Marriage of Philology and Mercury - Curing fever and wounds by incantation
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
The Marriage of Philology and Mercury – Martianus Capella
Some young men in a drunken condition who were behaving in a rowdy manner were brought to their senses by the musicianship of Damon, ….. . He ordered them to sing some spondaic measures to the accompaniment of a flute, and brought their noisy brawling to an abrupt halt…
The ancients were able to cure fever and wounds by incantation. Asclepiades healed with the trumpet patients who were stone deaf, and Theophrastus used the flute with mentally disturbed patients.
Is anyone unaware that gout in the hip is removed by the sweet tones of the aulos?
Xenocrates cured insane patients by playing on musical instruments. Thales of Crete is known to have dispelled disease and pestilence by the sweetness of his cithara playing.
Herophilus checked the pulse of his patients by comparing rhythms.