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[52] But let us come now, if you please, to the dreams of philosophers.

25. "We read in Plato that Socrates, while in prison, said in a conversation with his friend Crito: 'I am to die in three days; for in a dream I saw a woman of rare beauty, who called me by name and quoted this verse from Homer:1

'Gladly on Phthia's shore the third day's dawn shall behold thee.'
And history informs us that his death occurred as he had foretold. That disciple of Socrates, Xenophon—and what a man he was!—records2 the dreams he had during his campaign with Cyrus the Younger, and their remarkable fulfilment.

1 Iliad ix. 363, where Achilles says ἥματί κεν τριτάτῳ Φθίην ἐριβωλον ἱκοίμην. Phthia, in Thessaly, was his home, and to Socrates death was a “return home”; cf. § 54 at end. To Socrates Phthia implied his heavenly home.

2 Xen. Anab. iii. 1. 11; iv. 3. 8.

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