The Science of Dreams in the Middle Ages: "Il De Somniis" by Boezio Dacia

Viola Feti


Boethius of Dacias opera De somnis can be defined as a brief treaty that partially follows the traditional quaestio scheme. It includes a passage that seems to copy Etienne Tempiers proposition number sixty-five, which condemns the importance attributed to astrology by many medieval authors. Boethius moves off Aristotles De somno et vigilia idea of physiological dreams to assert a new kind of oneiric phenomena linked to constellations, that, according to the author, arent divinely inspired, whereas they are to be considered as natural events.
Boethius isnt the only philosopher who writes about this particular type of dream as another medieval author, Albertus Magnus, in his Speculum Astronomiae, describes astrology and its relationship to medicine.

Key words: Boethius - De Somnis - Dreams

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