The Nightmare by
Henry Fuseli (1781)
term we'll take a chronological tour of dreams in Greek literature,
beginning with Homer in the 8th c. BCE and ending with interpretations
of dreams collected in the 10th c. CE Suda.
In between we'll visit 5th c. Athens to compare Herodotus'
tale of Astyages' disturbing dreams about his daughter with
Sophocles' account of Clytemestra's bad dream, and 4th c. Athens for
Plato's physiological explanation of dreams. Then we'll hop to the 2nd
c. CE to read from Longus' dreamy novel Daphnis & Chloe
, then an episode from Plutarch's Life of Pelopidas
and finally one of the Christian visions of Hermas' Shepherd..