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Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome v. 2: Ancient Greece and Rome

Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome v. 2: Ancient Greece and Rome

Paperback Witchcraft and Magic in Europe (Paperback)

Edited by Bengt Ankarloo, Edited by Stuart Clark

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  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 231mm x 28mm | 590g
  • Publication date: 1 November 1999
  • Publication City/Country: Pennsylvania
  • ISBN 10: 0812217055
  • ISBN 13: 9780812217056
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 788,361

Product description

Selected by Choice magazine as an Outstanding Academic Book for 2000 The roots of European witchcraft and magic lie in Hebrew and other ancient Near Eastern cultures and in the Celtic, Nordic, and Germanic traditions of the Continent. For two millennia, European folklore and ritual have been imbued with the belief in the supernatural, yielding a rich trove of histories and images. The six volumes in the series Witchcraft and Magic in Europe combine traditional approaches of political, legal, and social historians with critical syntheses of cultural anthropology, historical psychology, and gender studies. The series provides a modern, scholarly survey of the supernatural beliefs of Europeans from ancient times to the present day. Each volume contains the work of distinguished scholars chosen for their expertise in a particular era or region. The chronological scope of this volume ranges from the heroic age of Homer's Greek East to the time of the rise of Christianity, a period of well over a thousand years. In this long millennium the political and cultural landscapes of the Mediterranean basin underwent significant changes, as competing creeds and denominations rose to the fore, and often accused each other of sorcery. Other volumes in the series Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Biblical and Pagan Societies The Middle Ages The Period of the Witch Trials The Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries The Twentieth Century

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Author information

Bengt Ankarloo is Professor of History at Lund University, Sweden. Stuart Clark is Professor of History at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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"Wide-ranging, well-documented, up-to-date... Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome is deliberately designed as an introduction for the general reader, and it fulfills that function admirably."-Peter Green, New Republic "An exceptional historical and social analysis of a subject of enduring interest."-Library Journal "This extensive and reliable handbook will be the general introduction to ancient magic for some time to come."-Choice "Although the volumes are intended mainly for scholars, there is much in them to interest the common reader."-New Yorker

Table of contents

Binding Spells: Curse Tablets and Voodoo Dolls in the Greek and Roman Worlds -Daniel Ogden Witches and Sorcerers in Classical Literature -Georg Luck Imagining Greek and Roman Magic -Richard Gordon The Demonization of Magic and Sorcery in Late Antiquity: Christian Redefinitions of Pagan Religions -Valerie Flint