Veridical dream

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The veridical dream is the dream which is afterwards fulfilled.

  • In Book XIX of the Odyssey, Penelopē said that "dreams ... which issue forth from the gate of polished horn bring true issues to pass, when any mortal sees them." (Here, there may be a pun[1] of /KRainō/ 'I fulfill' with /KeRas/ 'horn'.)
  • Likewise, Herodotos distinguished[2] /oneiros/ (or /enar/) as "the prophetic, God-sent dream" from /en-upnion/ "the non-predictive dream".
  • In the scheme of Artemidoros, the "oneiros was subdivided into two great categories: ... allēgorikos, which corresponds to the Platonic theory of the predictive dream operating in the impure soul, and the ... theōrēmatikos, which is the dream represented in the pure state of the soul."[3]

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  1. ^ Oberhelman 1981, p. 3
  2. ^ Oberhelman 1981, p. 4
  3. ^ Oberhelman 1981, p. 8


  • Oberhelman, Steven Michael: The Oneirocritic Literature of the Late Roman and Byzantine Eras of Greece. PhD dissertation, University of Minnesota, 1981.