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'

Overview

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
Sales rank:
813,889
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.34(d)

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Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Chapter One: Greco-Roman, Christian and Jewish Concepts of "Magic"; Concepts of "Magic"; Pliny and the "Natural" Critique of the Magi; The Church Fathers' Views of Magic; Rabbinic Classification of Magic; The Legacy of the First Centuries; Chapter Two: Daimons and Angels and the World of Exorcism; The Rise of Angelology and Daimonology; Daimons, Possession and Exorcism; Chapter Three: The Practice of Wisdom: Binding Lovers and Cursing Enemies; Chapter Four: Using Natural Forces for Divine Goals: Maria the Jewess and the Rise of Alchemy;Chapter Five: Divine Power, Human Hands: Becoming Gods in the First Centuries; The Emergence of the Deification Techniques; Transformation via Hymns and Divine Inspiration; Deification by Burial and Cremation; Further Development of Deification Techniques; Chapter Six: "Even the Decent Women Practice Witchcraft": Magic and Gender in Late Antiquity; Concluding Note; Bibliography; Notes

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