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[143] A person, it is said, while dreaming of coition, ejected gravel. In this case I can see a relation between the dream and [p. 531] the result; for the vision presented to the sleeper was such as to make it clear that what happened was due to natural causes and not to the delusion.1 But by what law of nature did Simonides receive that vision which forbade him to sail? or what was the connexion between the laws of nature and the dream of Alcibiades in which, according to history, shortly before his death, he seemed to be enveloped in the cloak of his mistress? Later, when his body had been cast out and was lying unburied and universally neglected, his mistress covered it with her mantle. Then do you say that this dream was united by some natural tie with the fate that befell Alcibiades, or did chance cause both the apparition and the subsequent event?

1 The translation adopts the interpretation of Hottinger, De div. p. 541. What is implied is that the dream was the effect and not the cause eiectionis calculorum.

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