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Plutarch, Alexander, and Dream Divination
Carol J. King
Illinois Classical Studies
No. 38 (2013), pp. 81-111
Published by: University of Illinois Press
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/illiclasstud.38.0081
Page Count: 31
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An oft-emphasized psychological approach to the dream experience has long overshadowed the ancient belief that a divine element in human affairs could be interpreted through dreams. Ample evidence for this belief and for dream divination as practiced by military leaders is found in Plutarch's Lives, yet this has been largely neglected. Examination of the nine dreams in the Life of Alexander and other comparable dreams within their broader historical contexts suggests that dream divination is less marginal than generally thought and that consultation of professional interpreters was customary for kings and military commanders, especially in times of crisis.
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