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ISBN-10: 0801888972

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Editor/Contributor note Translated, Annoted & brought by means of Georg good fortune. method calls for an editor or author.

Magic, miracles, daemonology, divination, astrology, and alchemy have been the arcana mundi, the "secrets of the universe," of the traditional Greeks and Romans. during this path-breaking selection of Greek and Roman writings on magic and the occult, Georg success presents a complete sourcebook and advent to magic because it used to be practiced via witches and sorcerers, magi and astrologers, within the Greek and Roman worlds.

In this new edition, good fortune has accumulated and translated one hundred thirty old texts relationship from the 8th century BCE during the fourth century CE. completely revised, this quantity deals a number of new components: a accomplished normal advent, an epilogue discussing the endurance of historic magic into the early Christian and Byzantine eras, and an appendix at the use of mind-altering components in occult practices. additionally extra is an intensive word list of Greek and Latin magical terms.

In Arcana Mundi Georg good fortune provides a fascinating—and from time to time startling—alternative imaginative and prescient of the traditional international. "For decades it used to be trendy to disregard the darker and, to us, probably, uncomfortable points of daily life in Greece and Rome," good fortune has written. "But we will be able to now not idealize the Greeks with their 'artistic genius' and the Romans with their 'sober realism.' Magic and witchcraft, the terror of daemons and ghosts, the desire to manage invisible powers—all of this was once greatly part of their lives."

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It is very easy to imagine all the fears, all the obsessions that tortured the superstitious (see Theophrastus’ Portrait for the type). If one constantly worried about lurking dangers—snakes, scorpions, the evil eye— one would have to wear not just one amulet but many, one for each specific danger, not to mention the endless rituals of purification. The truly superstitious must have been loaded down by the sheer weight of the amulets they carried around the neck, on the wrists, the ankles, the fingers, on every part of the body.

1508. 50. Petzke, Die Traditionen über Apollonios von Tyana und das Neue Testament, pp. 24√. 51. For new perspectives see J. , 1975). , J. Vidal, in Dictionnaire des religions (Paris, 1984), pp. 993–94. 52. See A. Quattrocchi, Miti, riti, magie e misteri degli Etruschi (Milan, 1992). 53. See the excellent treatment of D. P. 3 (1986), pp. 1909–73. 54. 3 (1986), pp. 2619–27. 55. , col. 2595. 56. On the gold tablet from Dacia, see Horsley, New Documents, 2: no. 12. 2520 (cf. W. S. Fox, American Journal of Philology 33, supp.

C. A. Faraone and D. Obink (New York and Oxford, 1991). I am quoting, with permission, from my review in Classical Outlook 69 (1992): 140–41. 34. See Ogden, Greek and Roman Necromancy. 35. For Aristotle, the magoi were Persian priests as well as philosophers who had inherited the teachings of Zoroaster. See A. de Jong, Zoroastrianism in Greek and Roman Literature (Leiden, 1997); J. B. Rives, ‘‘Aristotle, Antisthenes of Rhodes, and the Magikos,’’ Rheinisches Museum für Philologie 147 (2004): 35–54.

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