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    DescriptionIn a culture where the supernatural possessed an immediacy now strange to us, magic was of great importance both in the literary and mythic tradition and in ritual practice. Recently, ancient magic has hit a high in popularity, both as an area of scholarly inquiry and as one of general, popular interest. In Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds Daniel Ogden presents three hundred texts in new translations, along with brief but explicit commentaries. This is the first book in the field to unite extensive selections from both literary and documentary sources. Alongside descriptions of sorcerers, witches, and ghosts in the works of ancient writers, it reproduces curse tablets, spells from ancient magical recipe books, and inscriptions from magical amulets. Each translation is followed by a commentary that puts it in context within ancient culture and connects the passage to related passages in this volume. Authors include the well known (Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Pliny) and the less familiar, and extend across the whole of Greco-Roman antiquity. The second edition includes a new preface, an updated bibliography, and new source-passages, such as the earliest use of the word "mage" in Greek" (fr. Aeschylus' Persians ), a werewolf tale (Aesop's Fables), and excerpts from the most systematic account of ancient legislation against magic (Theodosian Code).


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    Title
    Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Daniel Ogden
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 176 mm
    Height: 248 mm
    Thickness: 28 mm
    Weight: 739 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780195385205
    ISBN 10: 0195385209
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.7
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAG
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: OP
    Libri: I-OP
    BIC subject category V2: HRQX2, HRQX5
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15770
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAG
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 133.40938, 130.938
    BISAC V2.8: OCC016000, REL033000
    BISAC region code: 1.7.3.0.0.0.0
    Thema V1.0: QRYX5, QRYX2
    Edition
    2, Revised
    Edition statement
    2nd Revised edition
    Illustrations note
    8 black and white halftone
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    30 April 2009
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Daniel Ogden is Professor of Ancient History, University of Exeter. He is the author of Greek Bastardy in the Classical and Hellenistic Periods.
    Review quote
    "This is a marvelous book, in every sense of the word. For one thing, it is full of marvels--marvelous stories of ghostly and magical happenings.... a reference source that everyone researching this field will be delighted to possess."--Journal of Scientific Exploration
    Table of contents
    Preface ; Abbreviations ; 1. Introduction ; 2. Greek Sorcerers ; 3. Alien Sorcerers ; 4. The Rivals of Jesus ; 5. Medea and Circe ; 6. Witches in Greek Literature ; 7. Witches in Latin Literature ; 8. Ghosts ; 9. Necromancy ; 10. Curses ; 11. Erotic Magic ; 12. Voodoo Dolls and Magical Images ; 13. Amulets ; 14. Magic and the Law ; 15. Supplementary Texts ; Bibliographies ; Indices