"In Lucretius’ didactic poem"

   The Nature of Things is the only known work of 1st-century BC Roman philosopher Titus Lucretius Carus, an epic poetic argument for a rational universe.  In the passage quoted Lucretius observes that the content of dreams reflects the waking activities of the dreamer:

 

     The lawyers seem to plead and cite decrees,

     Commanders they to fight and go at frays,

     Sailors to live in combat with the winds,

    And we ourselves indeed to make this book

 

Online edition of Lucretius’ ‘De Rerum Natura’, as translated by William Ellery Leonard, (1st-century BC)