- Dreambooks in Byzantium offers the first English translation with commentary of six of the seven extant Byzantine oneirocritica--manuals on the interpretation of dreams. Dreams permeated all aspects of Byzantine culture, from religion to literature to everyday life, and drew upon Classical and Islamic literature, oral and written Byzantine materials, and, perhaps, their own oneirocritic practices. Much of the source-material was pagan in origin and was reworked into a Christianized context, with many interpretations given a Christian coloring. Steven M. Oberhelman 2008. All rights reserved.