Magic In The Roman World / Edition 1

Magic In The Roman World / Edition 1

by Naomi Janowitz
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415202078

ISBN-13: 9780415202077

Pub. Date: 06/21/2001

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Naomi Janowitz shows that 'magical'

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Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Naomi Janowitz shows that 'magical' activities were integral to late antique religious practice, and that they must be understood from the perspective of those who employed them.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415202077
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/21/2001
Series:
Religion in the First Christian Centuries Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction1
1Greco-Roman, Christian and Jewish concepts of "magic"9
Pliny's critique of the magi13
The church fathers' views of magic16
Rabbinic classifications of magic20
2Daimons and angels and the world of exorcism27
The rise of angelology and daimonology28
Daimons, possession and exorcism36
3Ancient rites for gaining lovers47
4Using natural forces for divine goals: Maria the Jewess and early alchemy59
5Divine power, human hands: becoming gods in the first centuries70
The emergence of deification techniques72
Deification techniques in early Christian texts78
Ascent techniques routinized80
6"Even the decent women practice witchcraft": magic and gender in late antiquity86
Concluding note: the legacy of the first centuries97
Notes101
Bibliography117
Indexes129

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