The earliest Greek beliefs about dreams were that their gods physically visited the dreamers, where they entered through a keyhole, exiting the same way after the divine message was given.
Antiphon wrote the first known Greek book on dreams in the 5th century BC.
The earliest recorded dreams were acquired from materials dating back approximately 5000 years, in Mesopotamia, where they were documented on clay tablets.
In the Greek and Roman periods, the people believed that dreams were direct messages from deities or deceased persons, and that they predicted the future.
The first says that dreams are merely expressions of inner desires.
He explained dreams as manifestations of one's deepest desires and anxieties, often relating to repressed childhood memories or obsessions.The Dreaming is a common term within the animist creation narrative of indigenous Australians for a personal, or group, creation and for what may be understood as the "timeless time" of formative creation and perpetual creating.The Sumerians in Mesopotamia left evidence of dreams dating back to 3100 BC.Dreams can have varying natures, such as being frightening, exciting, magical, melancholic, adventurous, or sexual.The events in dreams are generally outside the control of the dreamer, with the exception of lucid dreaming, where the dreamer is self-aware.