Magic in the Roman World Pagans, Jews and Christians

ISBN-10: 0415202078

ISBN-13: 9780415202077

Edition: 2001

Authors: Naomi Janowitz

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Using in-depth examples of "magical" practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word "magic" was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Professor Janowitz shows that "magical" activities were integral to late antique religious practice, and that they must be understood from the perspective of those who employed them.
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Book details

List price: $45.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/25/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 160
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

Naomi Janowitz is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California at Davis. She is the author of The Poetics of Ascent: Theories of Language in a Rabbinic Ascent Text (1989).

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Greco-Roman, Christian and Jewish Concepts of "Magic"
Daimons and Angels and the World of Exorcism
Ancient Rites for Gaining Lovers
Using Natural Forces for Divine Goals
Divine Power, Human Hands
"Even the Decent Women Practice Witchcraft"
Concluding Note
Notes
Bibliography
Indexes
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