701 “Paid heed” (literally “was persuaded,” πεισθεῖσα) indicates her (feminine) intellectual weakness; cf. 1.211. Dreams were considered media of instruction from the Gods, but Agatharchides (or Josephus) omits mention of the divine, so the dream is only a dream (cf. Ps.-Hecataeus and augury, 1.203-4). Her fate is important: her “superstition” (1.208) led to her self-destruction, a sure sign that she did not follow “reasonable” religion, since philosophy could not attribute to the Gods other than beneficent intentions. The narrative allows no sympathy for Stratonice at all.