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[142] Moreover, at the present time, owing to the interruption of my public labours, I have ceased my nocturnal studies, and (contrary to my former practice) I have added afternoon naps. Yet despite all this time spent in sleep I have not received a single prophecy in a dream, certainly not one about the great events1 now going on. Indeed, I never seem to be dreaming more than when I see the magistrates in the forum and the Senate in its chamber.2

69. "Coming now to the second branch of the present topic, is there some such natural connecting link,3 which, as I said before,4 the Greeks callσυμπάθεια,that the finding of a treasure must be deduced from dreaming of an egg? Of course physicians, from certain symptoms, know the incipiency and progress of a disease; and it is claimed that from some kinds of dreams they even can gather certain indications as to a patient's health, as whether the internal humours of the body are excessive or deficient. But what natural bond of union is there between dreams, on the one hand, and treasures, legacies, public office, victory and many other things of the same kind, on the other?

1 The turmoil and chaos which followed Caesar's death.

2 Because they were mere shadows, without real authority.

3 i.e. between dreams and things seen in dreams.

4 Cf. ii. 14. 34.

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