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Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Collection of Ancient Texts

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Magic, 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 astrolog

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Another solid entry in the "Where Did We Get The Category of Magic?" vein I am compelled to read. It's fascinating to read the primary sources, to study the linguistics, to know the history, and then compare it all to the New Age/Neo-Pagan pretenses and claims of people like Crowley. "Magic" came from the Greek "Magika" which was a later form of "Mageia", meaning "What Persian Priests Do"; it became a pejorative term for Persian religious practices (since the Greeks & Persians were enemies), ...more
Aglaya Moroz
Reading for my research. Absolutely fascinating texts. Get your hands on it!
Gregory Sotir
Very readable. An excellent and comprehensive survey of ancient esoteric throughout and of how it influenced Greek philosophy. reading it with the companion, and greater, Dobbs The Greeks and the Irrational is a good mix.
Squeaky Skull
This book is marred by the author's frequent references to Castenada as a serious authority. But it still has some valuable information in it...I think...but how can I trust a scholar who relies on Castenada...ARGH!!!
A source book of extant Greco-Roman passages detailing magical theory and practice. Invaluable.
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