“Scipio's Dream”; the title given to a portion of the sixth book of
Cicero's treatise De Republica.
The greater part of the treatise itself is
lost, but the episode of Scipio's dream is preserved in the commentary of Macrobius
(Commentariorum in Somnium Scipionis Libri Duo
). It tells how the younger
Scipio while in Africa was visited by the spirit of the great Africanus, who revealed to him
in part his future career, and taught him that there is in the life to come a reward reserved
for those who serve their country loyally and well.