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The Ghost of Sychaeus:
At length, in dead of night, the ghost appears

Of her unhappy lord: the specter stares,And, with erected eyes, his bloody bosom bares.The cruel altars and his fate he tells—The Aeneid

The literature of classical antiquity bristles with witches, ghosts, magic books, curses, voodoo-dolls, and other fiendish monsters. This book covers the literature of bo
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published July 15th 2008 by Bloomsbury Academic
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Richard
i can't tell if this was a really good book or after reading 'Greek Magical Papyri in translation' then "Magika Hiera" then "Greek Magic, Ancient Medieval, and Modern" has made all this stuff sink in and make some sense to me.
Louise Armstrong
I didn't finish this because of the way it was written - no stars at all for readability. I like books where the author shares passiona nd love of a subject. This book feels like an academic paper aimed at proving how clever the author is. His waspish tone was quite funny at times - other people's theories are described as 'narcissistic posturings' or 'same old stock-in-trade' and so on. In all fairness I had to add 3 stars, because of the usefulness of the factual material, but seeing as I didn ...more
Konstanze
Talking with dead people? Witches ripping your heart out? Sacrificing little boys? Extramarital sex with the zombie girl? Makes a simply delightful read.
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