Träume statt Theurgie

Zum Traumbuch des Synesios (Περὶ ἐνυπνίων / De insomniis)

  • Helmut Seng Goethe-Universität Frankfurt
Keywords: Synesius, dreams, divination, theurgy, philosophy


In his work De insomniis (On Dreams), Synesios adopts a rather critical view of theurgy, resembling Porphyry’s attitude; his wording shows polemical exaggeration. His insistence on the usefulness of dream revelation for hunting might be read as a (not too serious) claim to the divine inspiration of his work κυνηγετικαί.