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date: 27 November 2022

Artemidorus(3)locked

, of Ephesus, Greek author, interpreter of dreams, mid-late 2nd cent. ce

Artemidorus(3)locked

, of Ephesus, Greek author, interpreter of dreams, mid-late 2nd cent. ce
  • Simon Price

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Artemidorus (3), of *Ephesus but called himself ‘of Daldis’ after his mother's native city in Lydia, whose chief deity *Apollo instigated his work on predictive *dreams. His Onirocritica, the product of travels to collect dreams and their outcomes and of study of the numerous earlier works on the subject, is the only extant ancient dream-book. It is of interest both for its categories of dream interpretation and for its religious and social assumptions. It was influential both in the Arab world, and in Europe from the Renaissance onwards. Artemidorus also wrote Oeonoscopica (but probably not the Chiroscopica ascribed to him).

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  • Roman Myth and Religion

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