Search Results for magic-among-the-ancients

(1999a), 'What's in a List?', in D. R. Jordan, H. Montgomery, and E. Thomassen (eds.), The World of Ancient Magic: Papers from the First International Samson Eitrem Seminar at the Norwegian Institute at Athens, 4–8 May 1997 (Bergen), ...

Author: Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek History Esther Eidinow

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199277780

Category: History

Page: 516

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A study of the question tablets from the oracle at Dodona and binding-curse tablets from across the ancient Greek world, These tablets reveal the hopes and anxieties of ordinary people, and help us to understand some of the ways in which they managed risk and uncertainty in their daily lives.

(1999a), 'What's in a List?', in D. R. Jordan, H. Montgomery, and E. Thomassen (eds.), The World of Ancient Magic: Papers from the First International Samson Eitrem Seminar at the Norwegian Institute at Athens, 4–8 May 1997 (Bergen), ...

Author: Esther Eidinow

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 9780191557224

Category: History

Page: 534

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How did ancient Greek men and women deal with the uncertainty and risk of everyday life? What did they fear most, and how did they manage their anxieties? Esther Eidinow sets side-by-side two collections of material usually studied in isolation: binding curse tablets from across the ancient world, and the collection of published private questions from the oracle at Dodona in north-west Greece. Eidinow uses these texts to explore perceptions of risk and uncertainty in ancient society, challenging previous explanations. In these records we hear voices that are rarely, if ever, heard in literary texts and history books. The questions and curses in these tablets comprise fervent, sometimes ferocious appeals to the gods. The stories they tell offer tantalizing glimpses of everyday life, carrying the reader through the teeming ancient city - both its physical setting and its social dynamics. Among these tablets we find prostitutes and publicans, doctors and soldiers, netmakers and silver-workers, actors and seamstresses. Anxious litigants ask the gods to silence their opponents. Men inquire about the paternity of their children. Women beg the gods to help them keep their men. Business rivals try to corner the market. Slaves plead to escape their masters. This material takes us beyond the headlines of ancient history, offering new insights into institutions, activities, and relationships. Above all, individually and together, these texts help us to understand some of the ways in which ancient Greek men and women understood the world. In turn, the beliefs and activities of an ancient culture may shed light on modern attitudes to risk.
2007-10-05 By Esther Eidinow

In this path-breaking collection of Greek and Roman writings on magic and the occult, Georg Luck provides a comprehensive sourcebook and introduction to magic as it was practiced by witches and sorcerers, magi and astrologers, in the Greek ...

Author: Georg Luck

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801883466

Category: History

Page: 544

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Magic, miracles, daemonology, divination, astrology, and alchemy were the arcana mundi, the "secrets of the universe," of the ancient Greeks and Romans. In this path-breaking collection of Greek and Roman writings on magic and the occult, Georg Luck provides a comprehensive sourcebook and introduction to magic as it was practiced by witches and sorcerers, magi and astrologers, in the Greek and Roman worlds. In this new edition, Luck has gathered and translated 130 ancient texts dating from the eighth century BCE through the fourth century CE. Thoroughly revised, this volume offers several new elements: a comprehensive general introduction, an epilogue discussing the persistence of ancient magic into the early Christian and Byzantine eras, and an appendix on the use of mind-altering substances in occult practices. Also added is an extensive glossary of Greek and Latin magical terms. In Arcana Mundi Georg Luck presents a fascinating—and at times startling—alternative vision of the ancient world. "For a long time it was fashionable to ignore the darker and, to us, perhaps, uncomfortable aspects of everyday life in Greece and Rome," Luck has written. "But we can no longer idealize the Greeks with their 'artistic genius' and the Romans with their 'sober realism.' Magic and witchcraft, the fear of daemons and ghosts, the wish to manipulate invisible powers—all of this was very much a part of their lives."
2006-05-06 By Georg Luck

The new collections of translated sources have made the magic of the ancient world accessible not only to other scholars ... documentation for the broad area of overlap between " religion " and " magic " in the Graeco - Roman world .

Author: Scott Noegel

Publisher: Penn State Press

ISBN: 0271046007

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit


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2010-11-01 By Scott Noegel

Arranged chronologically, this book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of half-human/ half-animal gods and goddesses; death rituals, the afterlife and mummification; the cult of sacred animals, pyramids, magic and medicine.

Author: Rosalie David

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141941387

Category: Religion

Page: 512

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The ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile - their life source - was a divine gift. Religion and magic permeated their civilization, and this book provides a unique insight into their religious beliefs and practices, from 5000 BC to the 4th century AD, when Egyptian Christianity replaced the earlier customs. Arranged chronologically, this book provides a fascinating introduction to the world of half-human/ half-animal gods and goddesses; death rituals, the afterlife and mummification; the cult of sacred animals, pyramids, magic and medicine. An appendix contains translations of Ancient Eygtian spells.
2002-10-03 By Rosalie David

Preface This volume contains the proceedings of the conference on Magic and Divination in the Ancient World held at the University of California at Berkeley in February 1994 , under the auspices of the group in Ancient History and ...

Author: Leda Jean Ciraolo

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004124063

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 152

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This collection of essays focuses on divination across the Ancient World from early Mesopotamia to late antiquity. The authors deal with the forms, theory and poetics of this important and still poorly understood ancient phenomenon.
2002-01-01 By Leda Jean Ciraolo

In “Theories of Magic in Antiquity,” Fritz Graf responds to R. A. Markus' study on pre-Augustinian theories about ... Part 3 presents four essays on magic and ritual among ancient Mesopotamians, Hittites, Canaanites, and Israelites.

Author: Paul Mirecki

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789047400400

Category: Social Science

Page: 488

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This volume contains a series of provocative essays that explore expressions of magic and ritual power in the ancient world. The strength of the present volume lies in the breadth of scholarly approaches represented. The book begins with several papyrological studies presenting important new texts in Greek and Coptic, continuing with essays focussing on taxonomy and definition. The concluding essays apply contemporary theories to analyses of specific test cases in a broad variety of ancient Mediterranean cultures. Paul Mirecki, Th.D. (1986) in Religious Studies, Harvard Divinity School, is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Kansas. Marvin Meyer, Ph.D. (1979) in Religion, Claremont Graduate School, is Professor of Religion at Chapman University, Orange, California, and Director of the Coptic Magical Texts Project of the Institute for Antiquity and Christianity.
2001-12-21 By Paul Mirecki

As for gender, in all ancient literature, not only are professional witches more common than male magicians, but even the occasional use of magic in everyday life seems more frequently associated with women, rather than with men (this ...

Author: Filippo Carlà-Uhink

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781472527387

Category: History

Page: 352

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To what extent did mythological figures such as Circe and Medea influence the representation of the powerful 'oriental' enchantress in modern Western art? What role did the ancient gods and heroes play in the construction of the imaginary worlds of the modern fantasy genre? What is the role of undead creatures like zombies and vampires in mythological films? Looking across the millennia, from the distrust of ancient magic and oriental cults, which threatened the new-born Christian religion, to the revival and adaptation of ancient myths and religion in the arts centuries later, this book offers an original analysis of the reception of ancient magic and the supernatural, across a wide variety of different media – from comics to film, from painting to opera. Working in a variety of fields across the globe, the authors of these essays deconstruct certain scholarly traditions by proposing original interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations, showing to what extent the visual and performing arts of different periods interlink and shape cultural and social identities.
2015-04-23 By Filippo Carlà-Uhink

32 The implications of the anthropological work of this period for the study of magic and divination in Northwest Semitic literature of ancient Israel and Syria are as follows : 1. Our knowledge of ancient Israelite society is extremely ...

Author: Ann Jeffers

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004105131

Category: History

Page: 276

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This publication is a detailed study of magical and divinatory practices in the Ancient Near East, particularly in Palestine and Syria. It combines the insights of the Old Testament with the data available from Phoenician and the older Ugaritic texts. It traces the links both historically and archaeologically.
1996 By Ann Jeffers

This book develops a framework for understanding the role of magic in Greek life.

Author: Derek Collins

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470695722

Category: History

Page: 224

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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. Explores the widespread use of spells, drugs, curse tablets, and figurines, and the practitioners of magic in the ancient world Uncovers how magic worked. Was it down to mere superstition? Did the subject need to believe in order for it to have an effect? Focuses on detailed case studies of individual types of magic Examines the central role of magic in Greek life
2008-04-30 By Derek Collins

AFTERWORD Since the appearance of Ancient Christian Magic in 1994 , newly published Coptic texts of ritual power ( as well as Greek texts of ritual power from Christian Egypt ) have continued to appear in the scholarly literature ...

Author: Marvin W. Meyer

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691004587

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 409

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This thought-provoking collection of magical texts from ancient Egypt shows the exotic rituals, esoteric healing practices, and incantatory and supernatural dimensions that flowered in early Christianity. These remarkable Christian magical texts include curses, spells of protection from "headless powers" and evil spirits, spells invoking thunderous powers, descriptions of fire baptism, and even recipes from a magical "cookbook." Virtually all the texts are by Coptic Christians, and they date from about the 1st-12th centuries of the common era, with the majority from late antiquity. By placing these rarely seen texts in historical context and discussing their significance, the authors explore the place of healing, prayer, miracles, and magic in the early Christian experience, and expand our understanding of Christianity and Gnosticism as a vital folk religion.
1999 By Marvin W. Meyer

I would argue that in both cases the poets are simply putting practical tools (magical amulets and ointments) into the hands of literary characters (usually gods or heroes), much the same as they dress them in clothes typical of the ...

Author: Christopher A. FARAONE

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674036700

Category: History

Page: 240

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The ancient Greeks commonly resorted to magic spells to attract and keep lovers. Surveying and analyzing various texts and artifacts, the author reveals that gender is the crucial factor in understanding love spells.
2009-06-30 By Christopher A. FARAONE

Organised chronologically, the intriguing panorama offered by this book guides the reader through the ancient, medieval, modern and even contemporary periods, highlighting the traditions, ideologies and methods of magic in each period of ...

Author: John Petropoulos

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134459247

Category: History

Page: 208

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Magic has always been a widespread phenomenon in Greek Society, starting from Homer’s Circe (the first ‘evil witch’ in western history) and extending to the pervasive belief in the ‘evil eye’ in the twenty-first century Greece. Indeed, magic is probably the most ancient and durable among social and religious phenomena known to classical and other scholars, and it can be traced over a span of some three millennia in sources in the Greek language as well as in an impressive range of visual and other media. For instance, curse tablets from fourth-century B.C. Athens, the medico-magical gems of late antiquity, early Christian amulets, and various exorcism prayers from the medieval and later periods. Organised chronologically, the intriguing panorama offered by this book guides the reader through the ancient, medieval, modern and even contemporary periods, highlighting the traditions, ideologies and methods of magic in each period of Greek history. It brings together the latest insights from a range of experts from various disciplines: classicists, art historians, archaeologists, legal historians and social anthropologists amongst others.
2008-06-12 By John Petropoulos

This gives you an idea of how complex the ancient Egyptian knowledge was, and how each element is entangled into ... So now you know that Heka was the Cosmos powerful force of existence in itself, and Heket (Heqet) was the Earths ...

Author: Karima Lachtane

Publisher: Karima Lachtane


Category: History

Page: 14

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In dealing with the concept of magic in ancient Egypt, I came across some rather fascinating information in regards to other religions ceremonies belonging to the Christians and the Catholics. Some remarkable connections... In the pursuit of the knowledge of magic in ancient Egypt, we again arrive right at the door of the Stars and Constellations. We are not brought here by mysterious objects or elusive ideas, no, we are indeed guided by the ancient Egyptians themselves. We seem to have forgotten how important the "Word" is, even the idea of "the Word" descends from the ancient Egyptians, and surely they knew how to use their words. The word of this book would be "Heka!" The Power of Powers, The Power of the universal magical forces. The supreme!
2013-03-17 By Karima Lachtane

Yet, even though we have ample evidence on ancient practices that were widely considered to be magic, these practitioners seldom left any commentaries on their work. In this chapter, I will outline the development of magic as a concept ...

Author: Kirsi M.J. Valkama

Publisher: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

ISBN: 9783647522180

Category: Bibles

Page: 331

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Magic in the Ancient Eastern Mediterranean: Cognitive, Historical, and Material Perspectives brings together articles with the shared conviction that the category of magic remains useful in religious studies and provides new insights to biblical and related texts and artifacts. Historically, magic has been considered in both scholarly and popular discourse to be questionable, obscure, and potentially subversive. 19th century scholars of religion viewed magical beliefs and practices as primitive and inferior compared to Judeo-Christian forms of worship, which were considered true “religion”. More recently, the category has been defended especially by scholars of the cognitive science of religion, who find it useful for delineating a set of beliefs and practices fundamental to all forms of religion. The volume joins current scholarship in refraining from using the concept as an othering device and in arguing that it can still serve as a helpful analytical tool. In addition to analyzing the discourse on magic in both ancient literature and modern scholarship, the articles provide individual examples of how literary and material culture attest to the existence of magical beliefs and practices in sources from the Ancient Near East to the Byzantine Period. The book is divided into three parts. The contributions in the first part approach magic from the theoretical perspective of cognitive studies, ritual studies, and cultural evolution, while the rest of the book focuses on how magic and magicians are understood in ancient sources. The second part discusses a specific set of textual material dealing with blessings and curses. The third part of the volume discusses the world of various destructive celestial beings, from which one and one’s loved ones had to be defended, as well as the multitude of protective beings such as angels.
2020-12-14 By Kirsi M.J. Valkama

SYPHILIS AMONG THE ANCIENT ASSYRIANS AND BABYLONIANS , 700 B.C. On the Assyrio - Babylonian cuneiform inscription tablets in the British museum , derived ... the infernal region , where he was given a " magic food " for his disease .

Author: Frédéric Buret


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ZPE 201: 41–6. Ogden, D. 1999. 'Binding Spells: Curse Tablets and Voodoo Dolls in the Greek and Roman Worlds'. In B. Ankarloo and S. Clark, eds. Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome, ...

Author: Lindsay C. Watson

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350108950

Category: History

Page: 264

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Parting company with the trend in recent scholarship to treat the subject in abstract, highly theoretical terms, Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome proposes that the magic-working of antiquity was in reality a highly pragmatic business, with very clearly formulated aims - often of an exceedingly maligant kind. In seven chapters, each addressed to an important arm of Greco-Roman magic, the volume discusses the history of the rediscovery and publication of the so-called Greek Magical Papyri, a key source for our understanding of ancient magic; the startling violence of ancient erotic spells and the use of these by women as well as men; the alteration in the landscape of defixio (curse tablet) studies by major new finds and the confirmation these provide that the frequently lethal intent of such tablets must not be downplayed; the use of herbs in magic, considered from numerous perspectives but with an especial focus on the bizarre-seeming rituals and protocols attendant upon their collection; the employment of animals in magic, the factors determining the choice of animal, the uses to which they were put, and the procuring and storage of animal parts, conceivably in a sorcerer's workshop; the witch as a literary construct, the clear homologies between the magical procedures of fictional witches and those documented for real spells, the gendering of the witch-figure and the reductive presentation of sorceresses as old, risible and ineffectual; the issue of whether ancient magicians practised human sacrifice and the illuminating parallels between such accusations and late 20th century accounts of child-murder in the context of perverted Satanic rituals. By challenging a number of orthodoxies and opening up some underexamined aspects of the subject, this wide-ranging study stakes out important new territory in the field of magical studies.
2019-05-02 By Lindsay C. Watson

APPENDIX II MAGIC AND RELIGION? Over a long period of time, social anthropologists have now been debating the question whether there is a difference between magic and religion, and if so, how magic should be defined.1 Given the greatly ...

Author: Jan N. Bremmer

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004164734

Category: Religion

Page: 424

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This book greatly enhances our knowledge of the interrelationship of Greek religion & culture and the Ancient Near East by offering important analyses of Greek myths, divinities and terms like a ~magica (TM) and 'paradise', but also of the Greek contribution to the Christian notion of atonement.
2008 By Jan N. Bremmer

This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original.

Author: Joseph Ennemoser

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing

ISBN: 1425350526

Category: Fiction

Page: 48

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This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available as part of our commitment for protecting, preserving, and promoting the world's literature in affordable, high quality, modern editions that are true to the original work.
2005-12 By Joseph Ennemoser

Somewhat analogous to “magicin modern discussions,” it is the social situation and function, together with the power relationships inherent in them, that determine the meaning of esoteric.” If so, then 55 cc 38.

Author: Michael E. Stone

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780190842383

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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Secret Groups in Ancient Judaism proposes a new approach to the understanding of many Jewish groups and sects from the last centuries BCE and the first centuries CE. Michael Stone argues that the known ancient Jewish groups - the Qumran covenanters, Josephus's and Philo's Essenes, and Philo'sTherapeutae - can be viewed as societies at the heart of whose existence were esoteric knowledge and practice. Guarding and transmitting this esoteric knowledge and practice, Stone argues, provided the dynamic that motivated the social and conceptual structure of these groups. Analyzing these groupsas secret societies enables us to see previously latent social structural dimensions, and provides many new enriching insights into the groups, including the Dead Sea covenanters. Drawing on sociological analyses of secret societies, Stone also compares these Jewish groups with mystery religions ofthe contemporary Greek and Roman world, and of early Christianity. His approach casts a powerful new light on ancient Jewish religious groups and highlights unstudied aspects of the world of Christian origins.
2017-10-25 By Michael E. Stone

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