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Greek and Roman Necromancy

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ISBN-10: 0691119686

ISBN-13: 9780691119687

Edition: 2001

Authors: Daniel Ogden

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In classical antiquity, there was much interest in necromancy--the consultation of the dead for divination. People could seek knowledge from the dead by sleeping on tombs, visiting oracles, and attempting to reanimate corpses and skulls. Ranging over many of the lands in which Greek and Roman civilizations flourished, including Egypt, from the Greek archaic period through the late Roman empire, this book is the first comprehensive survey of the subject ever published in any language. Daniel Ogden surveys the places, performers, and techniques of necromancy as well as the reasons for turning to it. He investigates the cave-based sites of oracles of the dead at Heracleia Pontica and…    
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Book details

List price: $53.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 2/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 7.40" wide x 9.13" long x 0.83" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

List of Figures
Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
Places
Tombs and Battlefields
Oracles of the Dead
The Heracleia Pontica and Tainaron Nekuomanteia
The Acheron Nekuomanteion
The Avernus Nekuomanteion
Incubation and Dreaming
People
Evocators, Sorcerers, and Ventriloquists
Shamans, Pythagoreans, and Orphics
Aliens and Witches
Necromancy among the Romans
Technology
Traditional Rites of Evocation
From Bowl Divination to Boy-Sacrifice
Reanimation and Talking Heads
Theory
Ghosts in Necromancy
The Wisdom of the Dead
Between Life and Death
Conclusion: Attitudes toward Necromancy
Bibliography
Index