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    DescriptionMagic, 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."

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    Arcana Mundi
    Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds - A Collection of Ancient Texts
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Georg Luck
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 568
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 235 mm
    Thickness: 43 mm
    Weight: 908 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801883453
    ISBN 10: 0801883458

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
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    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010, OCC028000, LIT004190
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    LC classification: BF1421 .A73 2006
    Thema V1.0: QRYX2
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
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    Publication date
    16 May 2006
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Author Information
    Georg Luck is professor emeritus in the Department of Classics at the Johns Hopkins University. He has served as editor of American Journal of Philology and is the author of The Latin Love Elegy (Methuen, 1969) and others.
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    This lengthy volume contains wide-ranging samples of material from literature, philosophy, and real-life practitioners of magic... There is immense food for thought here in many aspects of the field. American Journal of Philology A 'must' for mythology courses and the classical civilization curriculum! Classical Outlook An excellent work. It will rapidly and deservedly become one of the standard works on magic and the occult in the Greek and Roman worlds. Ancient Philosophy An excellent translation of ancient texts on the subject, but it's a lot more than that. It's a glimpse into the minds of the everyday people of the times and what made them turn, what made them stop, what made them look over their shoulders. Courier-Gazette, Rockland, Maine An indispensable guide. -- Bradford Lee Eden Classical Bulletin 2006 No one currently at work in ancient magic or related fields can remotely compare with Luck for the breadth and profundity of his knowledge of the literary texts... or for the humility and lightness of touch with which he conveys his scholarship. -- Daniel Ogden Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft