Socrates seems to have had recurrent hallucinations of one particular type: A voice spoke to him, usually advising him not to do things. His disciples were in awe of this phenomenon, but some of his later admirers thought they needed to explain it away—they thought it suggested that he was slightly cracked.
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
Old mental illnesses
Elsewhere in the Atlantic, there was a recent shortish article looking at Greek and Roman understandings of mental illness. Nothing too startling in there, I guess, although I don't think I had read before that Socrates heard voices: