"Do you remember last fall, in Julian's class, when we studied what Plato calls telestic madness? "

See bookmark to Page 38. " about loss of self, about Plato's four divine madnesses."

'Telestic' madness is the kind which involves an ecstatic loss of self as a result of participating in the rituals of Dionysus. Although descriptions of Dionysian bacchanals exist, for example in Euripides' play Bacchae, the exact method by which you might attempt to reach this state of divine madness is no longer known.