Greek and Roman NecromancyHardback
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- Publisher: Princeton University Press
- Format: Hardback | 320 pages
- Dimensions: 163mm x 240mm x 28mm | 653g
- Publication date: 21 January 2002
- Publication City/Country: New Jersey
- ISBN 10: 069100904X
- ISBN 13: 9780691009049
- Illustrations note: 13 halftones. 3 line illus.
In classical antiquity, there was much interest in necromancy - the consultation of the dead for divination. People could seek knowledge from the dead by sleeping on tombs, visiting oracles, and attempting to reanimate corpses and skulls. Ranging over many of the lands in which Greek and Roman civilizations fluorished, including Egypt, from the Greek archaic period through the late Roman empire, this book is the first comprehensive survey of the subject ever published in any language. It will be of central importance to those interested in the rapidly expanding, inherently fascinating, and intellectually exciting subjects of ghosts and magic in antiquity.
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Daniel Ogden is Reader in Ancient History at the University of Exeter. He is the author of many books, including Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds.
"[A] substantial contribution.... Ogden takes on... necromancy... with a huge diachronic sweep and exhaustive trawling of evidence.... [This] book will be indispensable to future scholars." - Peter Green, Times Literary Supplement; "[An] admirably cool and scholarly discussion of necromancy." - Jasper Griffin, New York Review of Books; "Ogden's book... makes it easy for the reader to follow and enjoy the beauty (and sometimes strangeness) of the sources and the accounts of necromancy they provide." - Julia Kindt, International History Review"