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[196] Somnia quo cerni tempore vera solent. Apollonius, in his Life of Philostratus, tells us, that the interpreters of dreams made it always their first question at what hour the vision appeared; for if it was towards morning, they conjectured that the dream was true, because at that time the soal is quite disengaged from the vapours of wine and food. Ovid, in this epistle, is of the same mind. Theocritus, in his Idyllium called Europa, which some ascribe to Moschus, marks distinctly the time of night when dreams are true:

"Venus sent an agreeable dream to Europa, when the third watch of the night had almost elapsed, and Aurora was approaching." And a few verses after he adds:

"About the time that the troop of real visions hover round those who are still in the arms of sleep."

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