Artemidorus Daldianus and the interpretation of dreams

An email arrives today asking about Artemidorus Daldianus.  “Who?” I hear  you ask?  It seems that he lived in the 2nd century A.D., and he was a professional “diviner”.  A work of his survives “On the interpretation of dreams”, in five books.  Interestingly it was translated into Arabic by no less than Hunain ibn Ishaq.  My correspondent is doing a thesis on the work at Cairo university and asks if a Syriac version is extant.

Remarkably an English version by Robert J. White does exist, although I can’t imagine why; and likewise a French version.  A search on Google books reveals a slew of older editions, and a 1644 translation into English.


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