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[136] "You, too, have drawn on history for dreams, a number of which you told. You spoke, for example, of the dreams of the mother of Phalaris, 1 of Cyrus the Elder,2 of the mother of Dionysius,3 of the Carthaginians Hamilcar4 and Hannibal,5 and of Publius Decius.6 You mentioned that much-spoken-of dream about the slave who opened the votive games,7 also the dream of Gaius Gracchus8 and the recent one of Caecilia,9 the daughter of Balearicus. But these are other people's dreams10 and hence we know nothing about them and some of them are fabrications perhaps. For who stands sponsor for them? And what have we to say of our own dreams? Of your dream of me and of my horse emerging from the river and appearing on the bank?11 and of my dream of Marius, attended by his laurelled fasces, ordering me to be conducted to his monument?12

67. "All dreams, my dear Quintus, have one explanation and, in heaven's name, let us see that it [p. 525] is not set at naught by superstition and perversity.

1 Cf. i. 23. 46.

2 Cf.i. 23.46.

3 Cf.i. 20.39.

4 Cf. i. 24. 50.

5 Cf. i. 24.48,49.

6 Cf.i24.51.

7 Cf.i. 26. 55

8 Cf. i. 26. 56.

9 Cf. i. 44. 99

10 So Moser, Giese, and K├╝hner explain haec externa.

11 Cf. i. 28. 58.

12 Cf i. 28. 59.

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