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Greek and Roman Necromancy - Daniel Ogden

Greek and Roman Necromancy – Daniel Ogden

In classical antiquity, there was much interest in necromancy--the consultation of the dead for divination. People could seek knowledge from the dead by sleeping on tombs, visiting oracles, and attempting to reanimate corpses and skulls. Ranging over many of the lands in which Greek and Roman civilizations flourished, including Egypt, from the Greek archaic period through the late Roman empire, this book is the first comprehensive survey of the subject ever published in any language ...
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Greek Magic: Ancient, Medieval and Modern - John Petropoulos

Greek Magic: Ancient, Medieval and Modern – John Petropoulos

Magic has always been a widespread phenomenon in Greek Society, starting from Homer’s Circe (the first ‘evil witch’ in western history) and extending to the pervasive belief in the ‘evil eye’ in the twenty-first century Greece. Indeed, magic is probably the most ancient and durable among social and religious phenomena known to classical and other scholars, and it can be traced over a span of some three millennia in sources in the Greek language as ...
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Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion - Christopher A. Faraone, Dirk Obbink

Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion – Christopher A. Faraone, Dirk Obbink

This well-researched and inspiring collection of ten essays by leading American and European scholars challenges the tendency among scholars of Greek religion to ignore what have traditionally been called "magical" practices in ancient Greece. Disputing the preconceived notion that a clear dichotomy exists between magical and religious ritual, the essays survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in the Greek world, determining in each case whether the traditional dichotomy between ...
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