Michael Psellus on the Operation of Daemons – Stephen Skinner & Marcus Collisson

Michael Psellus on the Operation of Daemons - Stephen Skinner & Marcus Collisson
Michael Constantine Psellus (1018-1096 c.e.) was one of the more noted writers and philosophers of the Byzantine era. The byzantine domain was effectively the eastern Greek-speaking part of the old Roman Empire, centered on Byzantium (Constantinople, modern Istanbul), which split off from the Latin West in 364 C.E. Up until the arrival of the Arabs in the 7th century, the Byzantine empire was regarded as one of the strongest economies of Europe, particularly known for being the primary western terminus of the famous silk road from China.

Its intellectual legacies also derived from the long Greek occupation of Egypt, bringing with them a mix of Graeco-Egyptian magic and classical Greek philosophy. These influences later helped lay the foundations for the Italian renaissance, and the grimoire tradition. Psellus was a man of great intelligence, serving as a political advisor to a succession of Byzantine Emperors. He became the leading professor at the newly founded University of Constantinople, bearing the honorary title “Consul of the Philosophers” and was the driving force behind the university curriculum reform designed to emphasize the Greek classics, especially Homeric literature.

Psellus was adept in politics, astronomy, medicine, music, theology, jurisprudence, physics, grammar, magic and daemonology. Within this rare work, Psellus takes this knowledge and forms a bridge between the classical view of the daemon as a beneficial guiding spiritual presence, and the later Christian view of demons as intrinsically evil.

Read Online :

Become a Member


Michael Psellus on the Operation of Daemons - Stephen Skinner & Marcus Collisson
Demonology

You may be also interested in :

Demons of Wrath: The Dark Fires of Attack Magick -  Corwin Hargrove
Irish Witchcraft and Demonology - St. John D. Seymour
Lemegeton
Practical Jinn Magick
Christian Demonology and Popular Mythology (Demons, Spirits, Witches, Vol. 2) – Gabor Klaniczay (Ed.), Eva Pocs (Ed. )
Dybbuks and Jewish Women in Social History, Mysticism and Folklore - Rachel Elior
The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture -  Christopher H. Partridge, Eric S. Christianson
Fallen Bodies: Pollution, Sexuality, and Demonology in the Middle Ages - Dyan Elliott
Letters on Demonology and Witchcraft – Sir Walter Scott
Dark Mirrors : Azazel and Satanael in early Jewish Mythology - Andrei A. Orlov
Daemonolatry Goetia – S. Connolly
Mephistopheles: The Devil in the Modern World -  Jeffrey Burton Russell
England's First Demonologist: Reginald Scot and 'The Discoverie of Witchcraft' - Philip C. Almond
Protect Yourself from the Jinn and Shaytan – Wahid Abd Al-Salam Bali
Lucifer and the Hidden Demons - Theodore Rose
Witchcraft and Demonology in South-West England, 1640–1789 - Jonathan Barry
Demonology and Devil-Lore, Vol 1  - Moncure Daniel Conway
Demons of Magick : Three Practical Rituals For Working With The 72 Demons – Gordon Winterfield
Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania - Gábor Klaniczay (Ed.), Éva Pócs (Ed.)
The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
The False Prophet Azazel - John of the Gentiles
Lilith
The Language of Demons and Angels: Cornelius Agrippa’s Occult Philosophy – Christopher I. Lehrich
Queen of Hell - Mark Alan Smith
The Prince of Darkness: Radical Evil and the Power of Good in History -  Jeffrey Burton Russell