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Dreams in Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome

August 21, 2009 on 9:14 am | In History and Beliefs | No Comments
Egyptian Lady

Egyptian woman of the Roman era. Image by Maia C via Flickr

Back in the Greek and Roman era, dreams were often seen in a religious context and messages from the gods.

Temples called Asclepieions were built around the power of dreams. It was believed that sick people who slept in these temples would be sent cures through their dreams.

In Egypt, priests also acted as dream interpreters. The Egyptians recorded their dreams in hieroglyphics.

People with particular vivid and significant dreams were believed to be blessed and were considered special. People who had the power to interpret dreams were looked up to and seenas divinely gifted.

In the Bible, there are over seven hundred mentions of dreams. Tracing back to these ancient cultures, people had always had an inclination to interpret dreams

Dreams were also seen as prophetic and an omen from outside spirits. People often looked to their dreams for signs of warning and advice from a deity, from the dead or even the works of a demon.

Sometimes they looked to their dreams for what to do or what course of action to take.

Dreams often dictated the actions of political and military leaders. In fact, in the Green and Roman era, dream interpreters even accompanied military leaders into battle to help.

Some interpreters aided the healers in diagnosing illnesses. Dreams offered a vital clue for the healers in finding what was wrong with the dreamer.

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