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Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds
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MAGIC, WITCHCRAFT AND GHOSTS IN THE GREEK AND ROMAN WORLDS

PAPERBACK BY OGDEN, DANIEL (PROFESSOR OF ANCIENT HISTORY, UNIVERSITY OF EXETER)

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ISBN
9780195385205
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OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS INC
 
 
EDITION
2ND REVISED EDITION
PUBLISHER
OXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS INC
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FORMAT
PAPERBACK
PAGES
416 pages
PUBLICATION DATE
01 APR 2009

DESCRIPTION

In a culture where the supernatural possessed an immediacy now strange to us, magic was of great importance both in the literary and mythic tradition and in ritual practice. Recently, ancient magic has hit a high in popularity, both as an area of scholarly inquiry and as one of general, popular interest. In Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds Daniel Ogden presents three hundred texts in new translations, along with brief but explicit commentaries. This is the first book in the field to unite extensive selections from both literary and documentary sources. Alongside descriptions of sorcerers, witches, and ghosts in the works of ancient writers, it reproduces curse tablets, spells from ancient magical recipe books, and inscriptions from magical amulets. Each translation is followed by a commentary that puts it in context within ancient culture and connects the passage to related passages in this volume. Authors include the well known (Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Pliny) and the less familiar, and extend across the whole of Greco-Roman antiquity. The second edition includes a new preface, an updated bibliography, and new source-passages, such as the earliest use of the word mage in Greek (fr. Aeschylus' Persians ), a werewolf tale (Aesop's Fables), and excerpts from the most systematic account of ancient legislation against magic (Theodosian Code).

CONTENTS

Preface ; Abbreviations ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Greek Sorcerers ; 3. Alien Sorcerers ; 4. The Rivals of Jesus ; 5. Medea and Circe ; 6. Witches in Greek Literature ; 7. Witches in Latin Literature ; 8. Ghosts ; 9. Necromancy ; 10. Curses ; 11. Erotic Magic ; 12. Voodoo Dolls and Magical Images ; 13. Amulets ; 14. Magic and the Law ; 15. Supplementary Texts ; Bibliographies ; Indices