Between the acting of a dreadful thing And the first motion, all the interim is Like a phantasma, or a hideous dream.
Claudius meanwhile pumped out the air-bubble of his soul, and thereafter, as a phantasma, ceased to be visible.
They seemed like the Orama of the Greeks,—prophets while phantasma.
The idea or phantasma, as he terms it, is the very perception or actus sentiendi.
Between the acting of a dreadful thing / And 60 the first motion, all the interim is / Like a phantasma or a hideous dream.
phantasma enim est sentiendi actus; neque differt a sensione, aliter quam fieri differt a factum esse.
Shakespeare seems to use it ('phantasma') in this passage in the sense of nightmare, which it bears in Italian.
Her ancient civility is gone, and her glory hath vanished as a phantasma.