In national bestseller the dream of scipio acclaimed author iain pears intertwines three intellectual mysteries three love stories and three of the darkest moments in human history united by a classical text called the dream of scipio three men struggle to find refuge for their hearts and minds from the madness that surrounds them in the . The dream of scipio is a novel by iain pears it is set in provence at three different critical moments of western civilization the collapse of the roman empire in the fifth century the black death in the fourteenth the second world war in the twentieth through which the fortunes of three men are followed. 1 according to wikipedia the dream of scipio latin somnium scipionis written by cicero is the sixth book of de re publica and describes a fictional dream vision of the roman general scipio aemilianus set two years before he commanded at the destruction of carthage in 146 bce. The dream of scipio somnium scipionis translated by w d pearman 1 when i reached africa to serve under the general manius manilius being as you are aware military tribune attached to the 4th legion i made nothing of more importance than to meet masinissa a prince for good reasons most attached to our family
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