Gates of Horn and Ivory - Echoes in Later Greek Literature

Echoes in Later Greek Literature

Homer greatly influenced Greek literature as a whole. Plato refers to the two gates in his dialogue Charmides:

Socrates: "Listen then," I said, "to my dream, to see whether it comes through horn or through ivory."

A reference to the Odyssean image also appears in the late (c. AD 400) epic poet Nonnus:

As Morrheus slept, the vision of a dream cajoled him,
beguiling his mind after flitting through the gates of ivory.

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