Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion. Front Cover. Christopher A. Faraone, Dirk Obbink. Oxford University Press, Feb 13, – History – pages. Magika Hiera has 49 ratings and 6 reviews. said: Sometimes a book really captures an attempt to show cross cultural perceptions of a popular soci. Magika Hiera. Ancient Greek Magic & Religion. Edited by Christopher A. Faraone and Dirk Obbink. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
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I enjoyed the incite into early faiths and early forms of the faiths.
Though useful as a very general introduction to amulet usage in antiquity, and here and there enlivened by some memorable eccentricities of ancient magic e. Socioreligious Sanctions on Magic.
I, constitutes the earliest example of athletic defixio is not convincing, given the absence of any reference to chthonic divinity or accompanying ritual action. Derek Newman-Stille rated it it was amazing Feb 23, The Greek idea of a love spell was to 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 ,agika.
This approach has value as a jiera to an assuredly simplistic view that all or even most practitioners of these rites observed secrecy to conceal activities felt to be disreputable, but it is itself a bit simplistic in hirea to note the existence of evidence clearly showing that intense moral disquiet could, at least occasionally, be generated by such actionse. Visions of Religion Stephen S.
That’s exactly what I’d keep it for if I were buying it for myself- a reference resource, and perhaps occasionally one of the essays when I’m in a particularly erudite mood.
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Religion and if it is a meaningful distinction, Greek conceptions of the Erotic, etc. Book ratings by Goodreads. In this masterfully constructed contribution, V. Ethan rated it really liked it Aug 11, Luisa rated it it was amazing Mar 14, Melissa Mxgika rated it it was amazing Jun 12, Vergil in Russia Zara Martirosova Torlone.
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General European History Ancient History: The demonstration that these curses, despite their invocation of chthonic forces, were, almost always, not murderous in intent, constitutes a valuable clarification of the role of these imprecations within Greek religion and society and certainly, by eliminating actual demise as the sole criterion for judging their success, helps explain the survival of reliance in their efficacy over so many centuries.
Return to Book Page. I actually understand being a book for specialists that there will be the occasional paragraph i cannot 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!
It’s really excellent, and a terrific resource. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. 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 traditional dichotomy between magic and religion helps in any way to conceptualize the objective features of the evidence examined.
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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Booknut rated it really liked it Nov 04, An aside, if you are looking for a validation to a neopagan feminist revisionism idea of history, this will crush it. Reference to the occasional requests for confession leads smoothly to a discussion of the “confession inscriptions” pp. The appeals for redress cited by V.
Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion
Ebook This title is available as an ebook. In one case the confessing culprit makes explicit reference to a document pittakionprovided by the man he has slandeed, which apparently precipitated the punishment inflicted by god and so provides close and illuminating analogues to the judicial prayers previously discussed.
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Hence my insertion, in brackets, of “supernatural” as an essential qualifying adjective.