William V. Harris


On his book Dreams and Experience in Classical Antiquity

Cover Interview of October 14, 2009

Editor’s note

Originally, this interview ran on the Rorotoko cover page under the headline

“We do not know why we dream, but this is what our intellectual ancestors had to say.”

We highlighted two quotes.

On the first page:

“What fits least well with common assumptions about the Greeks and Romans is the clear-eyed rationality of certain among them.”

On the second:

“I have sometimes kept a dream diary – a narcissistic habit, and also in my opinion a waste of time, unless you are writing a book about dreaming.”