Saturday, September 01, 2007

What dreams may come . . .

I wish I could say more was going on here, but it's not. I've been reading some Latin, and I'm going to be taking a Greek course this fall just to keep up during my year off. But right now, there's really very little to report. I'm hesitant to throw up articles everyone else is already posting about anyway.

Oh, and I'm looking for a job. If anyone wants to offer me one, great. ;-)

But I do have a question for all of you lovely Classicists, specifically, a question about dreams!

You see, last night, I was in the unfortunate position of having a dream (nightmare?) about Greek--Greek accents. In this dream, I was trying to type a sigma, and for the life of me, none of my keys would type a regular sigma! I only got a sigma with an accent! I don't remember what kind of accent now, but it horrified me, obviously. Finally, with the advice of someone I know, I marked it in the paper (it was a draft) and planned to cross it out manually.

And this is obviously a really lame dream. I've had better ones. Once I dreamt about finding Latin inscriptions and then finding out that they were left by aliens or somesuch . . .

But, my question--does anyone else dream about these things? I can't be the only one who has ridiculously pedantic dreams about Greek accents, can I??


Blogger Edward Lacey said...

Not Greek accents, but after reading for a Roman history essay I dreamed about studying an account of a senator whose career perfectly illustrated a point I was trying to make. I recalled the dream while writing the essay and was disappointed to realise that the senator in question had never existed.

4:37 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Haha! Sometimes, I really hate it when the dream world doesn't match up with the real world. Unfortunately, I don't think citing your dreams counts that much in this field. Too bad!Gul

10:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My sigmas have always been free of accents, but I did once dream that every sigma ultima I wrote became a zeta and every other sigma was written as an ultima. Perhaps this is our version of the "at school naked" dream.

Richard Shea

8:26 PM  
Blogger dan said...

I have no answer, except that when you get to UC Berkeley, please check out Moe's Books, their Classics section is THE BIGGEST I've ever seen. They have some pretty rare books, including a book published in 1913 about the Arab conquest of Egypt. I believe the author is Alfred Joshua Butler...

4:17 AM  
Blogger Choppa said...

Wow... My mate had been learning Chinese boot-camp style for a few months when he was besieged by nightmares of characters come alive as squid trying to envelope him with their tentacles and suck the life out of him.

During intensive language learning I sometimes have hallucinatory experiences or horrors of frustration that outdo most dreams.

I'd guess that the accent thing is a symbol of a Socratic guilty conscience - you know enough to know that you know nothing :-) Time to tame the little blighters during your year off!

What the roly-poly or serpentine sigmas signify in your subsconscious though, I can't really fathom. The roly-poly ones might be Li'l Abner's cornucopian shmoos - a good omen! The squiggly ones something impotent and far less satisfying. Caps - lightning? Sum totals coming due?

Ain't Classics fun!?

10:41 AM  
Blogger Glaukôpis said...

Choppa: See, I've had Latin/Greek dreams while I'm studying intensively, but at the time I had this one, I don't think I'd been studying all that hard. Oh well.

Richard: That's a scary thought. But maybe you have a point there . . .

Dan: If I ever end up on that side of the coast, I'll check it out--though I'm certain I'll already be broke from my book habit.

2:33 AM  
Anonymous AK said...

9 years of Greek. I have had TOOOONs of dreams about it. The best was when I had a dream that the accents had some kind of magic power (I think i had been arguing with my friend over pitch accents or something) and I was the only one that had been left immune. It was like The Invasion ...

2:29 PM  
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