The Classical Quarterly (New Series)

Shorter Notes

Somnia Ficta In Lucretius And Lucilius

James J. O′haraa1

a1 Wesley an University, Connecticut

In CQ n.s 32 (1982), 237, Howard Jacobson comments on Lucretius' expression fingere somnia, for which he can find only two parallels, both later than Lucretius. He suggests that the phrase can best be understood as a reference to the actual practice of dream control, or oneiropompeia, for which he provides several useful references. A fragment of Luciiius, however, provides not only a parallel, but perhaps even a model, for Lucretius' phrase, and for his criticism in 1.102–35 of the lies or fictions of both religious figures and poets.