Tertullianus and Agostinus. Approaches to Dreams in the Ancient Christianity

Armando Genovese


The author analyzes the nature and typologies of dreams in Tertullianus De anima and, briefly, in the work of Agostinus, two centuries later.
What are made dreams of? Are they autonomous productions of psyché or phantasia, or rather messages sent by demons or God, according to dreams bad or good intimate nature? Is there a relation between time of the night and nature of the dreams? Moreover, is there a relation between seasons and dreams? Does a specific relationship between food, regimen and dreams exist? Which is the souls faculty able to generate dreams? Is phantasia moved by some other deep and mysterious principle? Which are the connections linking human physiology and dreams?

Key words: Dreams - Patristic - Tertullianus - Agostinus - History of Christianity

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