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Ancient Greeks and Romans often turned to magic to achieve personal goals. Magical rites were seen as a route for direct access to the gods, for material gains as well as spiritual satisfaction. In this fascinating survey of magical beliefs and practices from the sixth century B.C.E. through late antiquity, Fritz Graf sheds new light on ancient religion.

Evidence of widespread belief in the efficacy of magic is pervasive: the contemporaries of Plato and Aristotle placed voodoo dolls on graves in order to harm business rivals or attract lovers. The Twelve Tables of Roman Law forbids the magical transference of crops from one field to another. Graves, wells, and springs throughout the Mediterranean have yielded vast numbers of Greek and Latin curse tablets. And ancient literature abounds with scenes of magic, from necromancy to love spells. Graf explores the important types of magic in Greco-Roman antiquity, describing rites and explaining the theory behind them. And he characterizes the ancient magician: his training and initiation, social status, and presumed connections with the divine world. With trenchant analysis of underlying conceptions and vivid account of illustrative cases, Graf gives a full picture of the practice of magic and its implications. He concludes with an evaluation of the relation of magic to religion. Magic in the Ancient World offers an unusual look at ancient Greek and Roman thought and a new understanding of popular recourse to the supernatural.

Synopsis:

There is widespread evidence of belief in the efficacy of magic in the ancient world. This text aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to ancient magic, surveying magical beliefs and practices from the 6th century BC to late antiquity, describing rites and explaining the theory behind them.

Synopsis:

Ancient Greeks and Romans often turned to magic to achieve personal goals. Magical rites were seen as a route for direct access to the gods, for material gains as well as for spiritual satisfaction. In this fascinating survey of magical beliefs and practices from the sixth century B.C.E. through late antiquity, Fritz Graf sheds new light on ancient religion.

About the Author

Fritz Graf is Professor and Director of Epigraphy, Chair of Department of Greek and Latin, Ohio State University.

Ohio State University

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Naming the Sorcerer

Portrait of the Magician. Seen from the Outside

How to Become a Magician: The Rites of Initiation

Curse Tablets and Voodoo Dolls

Literary Representation of Magic

Words and Acts

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674541535
Translator:
Philip, Franklin
Author:
Philip, Franklin
Translated:
Philip, Graf, Fritz, Franklin
Author:
Graf, Fritz
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Greece
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
Rome
Subject:
Magic, Ancient
Subject:
Rome Religious life and customs.
Subject:
World History-Ancient History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Harvard Univ PR
Series:
Revealing Antiquity
Series Volume:
6
Publication Date:
October 1999
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
None
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8 x 6 in 10 oz

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History and Social Science » Archaeology » World Prehistory
History and Social Science » World History » Ancient History
History and Social Science » World History » General
Metaphysics » Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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"Synopsis" by , There is widespread evidence of belief in the efficacy of magic in the ancient world. This text aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to ancient magic, surveying magical beliefs and practices from the 6th century BC to late antiquity, describing rites and explaining the theory behind them.
"Synopsis" by , Ancient Greeks and Romans often turned to magic to achieve personal goals. Magical rites were seen as a route for direct access to the gods, for material gains as well as for spiritual satisfaction. In this fascinating survey of magical beliefs and practices from the sixth century B.C.E. through late antiquity, Fritz Graf sheds new light on ancient religion.
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