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 :


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

You may be also interested in :

Protect Yourself from the Jinn and Shaytan – Wahid Abd Al-Salam Bali
Fallen Angels, the Watchers, and the Origins of Evil – Joseph Lumpkin
Fallen Bodies: Pollution, Sexuality, and Demonology in the Middle Ages - Dyan Elliott
The Devil: A New Biography - Philip C. Almond
The Prince of Darkness: Radical Evil and the Power of Good in History -  Jeffrey Burton Russell
Fallen Angels and the Origins of Evil – Elizabeth Clare Phophet
The Curse of Canaan: A Demonology of History - Eustace Mullins
The Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage
Satanism and Demonology - Lionel and Patricia Fanthorpe
Practical Jinn Magick
Daemonolatry Goetia – S. Connolly
Demonology and Devil-Lore, Vol 1  - Moncure Daniel Conway
Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible. 2nd ed. - Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, and Pieter W. van der Horst
Azazel: Steal Fire from the Gods
Biblical Demonology: A Study of Spiritual Forces at Work Today -  Unger, Merrill F.
Summoning Spirits: The Art of Magical Evocation - Konstantinos
Dark Mirrors : Azazel and Satanael in early Jewish Mythology - Andrei A. Orlov
Devil-Worship in France - Arthur Edward Waite
The Lure of the Dark Side: Satan and Western Demonology in Popular Culture -  Christopher H. Partridge, Eric S. Christianson
A Field Guide to Demons, Fairies, Fallen Angels and Other Subversive Spirits -  Carol K. Mack, Dinah Mack
Queen of Hell - Mark Alan Smith
Hekate Her Sacred Fires - Sorita D'Este, Raven Digitalis, Vikki Bramshaw
Devil Stories: An Anthology - Maximilian Josef Rudwin
Witchcraft and Demonology in Hungary and Transylvania - Gábor Klaniczay (Ed.), Éva Pócs (Ed.)
The False Prophet Azazel - John of the Gentiles