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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:

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.

About the Author

Shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Award 2008

“Collins, associate professor of Greek and Latin at the University of Michigan, and author of Master of the Game: Competition and Performance in Greek Poetry (2005), seeks to introduce nonspecialists to areas of Greek magic, cover the highpoints of scholarly consensus, and offer new interpretative frameworks for understanding select Greek magical practices.” (New Testament Abstracts, January 2009)

"If you want to understand how the Ancient Greeks practised and viewed the magical arts then this book is highly recommended." (The Cauldron)

“Lots of interesting details, brilliant, clear chapters, great insights, and connections. There is a wealth of information and … fascinating little bits of trivia.” (About.com)

“This is not simply a rehash of previously covered material. Collins covers a range of magical practices … .This book is an important new addition to studies of ancient magic. Present[s] the reader with a full context for any discussion of magical practices. Collins achieves this without becoming bogged down in a discussion of terminology … which can sometimes derail other studies. The focus on Greek magic centres the book with a clear methodology of always bringing the discussion back to the Greek origins of the magic in question.” (Rosetta Papers)

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:
9781405132398
Author:
Collins, Derek
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Collins
Subject:
Reference
Subject:
Ancient - Greece
Subject:
Magic, Greek.
Subject:
Magick Studies
Subject:
History
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Classical Greek Culture
Subject:
World History-Ancient Near East
Copyright:
Series:
Blackwell Ancient Religions
Series Volume:
7
Publication Date:
February 2008
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
250 x 150 x 15 mm 24 oz

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"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 , 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.
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