A handsome face

This is the fantastic recollection of a dream by this guy Ptolemaios (2nd century BC), who decided to live around the sanctuary of Serapis. The “twins” he mentions are two girls he took custody of; Knephis is an Egyptian god. This is the dream:

On the 14th I seemed (in a dream) to be on a big tower in Alexandria. I had a handsome face and I didn’t want to show my face to anyone because it was so beautiful. An old woman sat down by my side and a crowd gathered to north and east of me. They shout that a man had been burned to a crisp, and the old woman says to me, “Wait a minute and I will lead you to the god Knephis, so you can kneel and worship him”.
And I seemed to be saying to an old man. “Father, do you not see this vision that I have beheld?” I told him in detail. He gave me two reeds. I looked through them and soon saw Knephis. Rejoice, all my friends. I shall soon have my release. I have beheld other visions, but these are altogether more beautiful. You know that my chief concern is to assure a safe harbor for the twins. I worry about nothing else. So then, invite the twins to come to you and say that I am Ieaving. Amosis has come to me and has granted me free passage and l am leaving my cell.

(taken from The Interpretation of Dreams & Portents in Antiquity, by Naphtali Lewis)


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