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Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds A Sourcebook

ISBN-10: 0195151232

ISBN-13: 9780195151237

Edition: 2002 (Reprint)

Authors: Daniel Ogden

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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.
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Book details

List price: $40.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/7/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.430
Language: English

Abbreviations
Introduction
Greek Sorcerers
Alien Sorcerers
The Rivals of Jesus
Medea and Circe
Witches in Greek Literature
Witches in Latin Literature
Ghosts
Necromancy
Curses
Erotic Magic
Voodoo Dolls and Magical Images
Amulets
Magic and the Law
Bibliographies
Indices