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  • Writer's pictureGregory Shushan

Three Ancient Greek NDEs from Proclus (Historical Near-Death Experience of the Month)

To celebrate embarking on my second PhD, here are three ancient Greek NDEs. I'm taking the scenic route to a new book, which will tentatively be called To Die and Rise Again: Near-Death Experience in Classical Antiquity.


These three examples were preserved for us by the ancient Greek philosopher Proclus, (412-485 CE). Interestingly, he wrote about them in his commentary on Plato’s account of the Myth of Er (a famous Greek NDE account). Proclus actually recounted five return-from-death episodes, though only three of them actually feature NDE phenomena. The earliest is his summary of a now-lost text by another Greek philosopher, Clearchus of Soli, from around 320 BCE.


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