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Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

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This collection challenges the tendency among scholars of ancient Greece to see magical and religious ritual as mutually exclusive and to ignore "magical" practices in Greek religion. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in the Greek world, and, in each case, determine whether the traditio ...more
Paperback, 312 pages
Published February 13th 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 17th 1991)
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Sometimes a book really captures an attempt to show cross cultural perceptions of a popular social form and is really good at demythologizing magic and undoing hyper rationalist narratives of Ancient Greek culture but you just really wish that the book wouldn't slap you upside the head with its erudition so often, like yes please tell me how clever a phrase is in untranslated Latin or German! I actually understand being a book for specialists that there will be the occasional paragraph i cannot ...more
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A compilation of academic essays on Greek magic, highlighting everything from curse tablets to the Magical Papyri to the argument of religion as magic or magic as religion etc. I think this is a bit aged, but still a necessary read if you are interested in factual witchcraft in history.
An aside, if you are looking for a validation to a neopagan feminist revisionism idea of history, this will crush it. To give an idea, the cover picture is of a love spell. The Greek idea of a love spell was to
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I enjoyed the incite into early faiths and early forms of the faiths.
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