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Magic in the Ancient Greek World (Blackwell Ancient Religions)

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Magic in the Ancient Greek World is an innovative introduction to the practice of magic during the classical period. This book develops a framework for understanding the role of magic in Greek life.

Thematically organized around detailed case studies of individual types of magic, this volume examines the use of spells, drugs, binding curses, figurines, and the specialists who offered them. Collins reveals how each of these magical practices worked and the cultural structures that allowed them to occur.

Original and insightful, Magic in the Ancient Greek World takes the reader inside both the social imagination and the ritual reality that made magic possible in ancient Greece.

Synopsis:

Magic in the Ancient Greek Worldis an innovative introduction to the practice of magic during the classical period. This book develops a framework for understanding the role of magic in Greek life.

Thematically organized around detailed case studies of individual types of magic, this volume examines the use of spells, drugs, binding curses, figurines, and the specialists who offered them. Collins reveals how each of these magical practices worked and the cultural structures that allowed them to occur.

Original and insightful, Magic in the Ancient Greek Worldtakes the reader inside both the social imagination and the ritual reality that made magic possible in ancient Greece.

Synopsis:

Original and comprehensive, Magic in the Ancient Greek World takes the reader inside both the social imagination and the ritual reality that made magic possible in ancient Greece.

About the Author

Derek Collins is an Associate Professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan. He has written extensively on Greek poetry and its performance, including Master of the Game: Competition and Performance in Greek Poetry (2005). Collins has also published on Greek divination and magic, including articles on bird divination, the criminalization of magic in Athens, and the intellectual background to classical Greek magic.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments.

Abbreviations.

Introduction.

Part I: Magic: What Is It and How Does It Work?.

Frazer and Tylor.

Malinowski.

Magic as Communication.

Lévy-Bruhl.

Evans-Pritchard.

Sympathetic Magic.

Magic and the Extended Person.

Magic and Analogy.

Beyond Frazer.

Tambiah and Persuasive Magic.

Conclusion.

Part II: A Framework for Greek Magic.

Magic and the Gods.

Divinity and Nature.

The Hippocratics: Magic, Divination, and Epilepsy.

Plato and Greek Psychology.

Magic and Causality.

Greek Magicians.

Magoi.

Gorgias, mageia and goēteia.

Other Magical Terms.

Conclusion.

Part III: Binding Magic and Erotic Figurines.

Binding the Gods.

Divine Agents.

‘Characters’.

Body Parts and Health.

Erotic Magic.

Figurines.

Erōtes.

Part IV: Homeric Incantations.

Pythagoras and Empedocles.

The Mechanics of Homeric Incantations.

Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Verse Combinations and the Power of Metaphor.

Intoxication, Choking, and Gout.

Incantations and Divination.

Neoplatonic Theurgy and Homer.

Conclusion.

Part V: Magic in Greek and Roman Law.

Magic in Greek Law and Legal Imagination.

Trials for Erotic Magic.

Theoris, the Lemnian Witch.

Plato’s Laws Against Magic.

Magic in Roman Law and Legal History.

The Twelve Tables.

The Lex Cornelia.

Magia and Maleficium: Magic and Witchcraft.

Apuleius the Magus.

The Opinions of Paulus and Later Law Codes.

Interpretationes Christianae.

The Medieval Inheritance.

Conclusion.

Bibliography.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405132381
Author:
Collins, Derek
Publisher:
Blackwell Publishers
Author:
Cram101 Textbook Reviews
Author:
Derek
Author:
Collins
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Magic, Greek.
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Subject:
Classical Greek Culture
Subject:
Education-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
WOL online Book (not BRO)
Series:
Blackwell Ancient Religions
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
April 2008
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 24 oz

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » World History » Ancient Near East
Metaphysics » Magic Witchcraft and Paganism
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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Product details 224 pages Blackwell Publishing - English 9781405132381 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Magic in the Ancient Greek Worldis an innovative introduction to the practice of magic during the classical period. This book develops a framework for understanding the role of magic in Greek life.

Thematically organized around detailed case studies of individual types of magic, this volume examines the use of spells, drugs, binding curses, figurines, and the specialists who offered them. Collins reveals how each of these magical practices worked and the cultural structures that allowed them to occur.

Original and insightful, Magic in the Ancient Greek Worldtakes the reader inside both the social imagination and the ritual reality that made magic possible in ancient Greece.

"Synopsis" by , Original and comprehensive, Magic in the Ancient Greek World takes the reader inside both the social imagination and the ritual reality that made magic possible in ancient Greece.
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