Magic In The Roman World / Edition 1

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415202077
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/21/2001
  • Series: Religion in the First Christian Centuries Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

Naomi Janowitz is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California-Davis. She is the author of Poetics of Ascent (1989) and numerous articles on the religions of late antiquity.

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Table of Contents

Preface
List of abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Greco-Roman, Christian and Jewish concepts of "magic" 9
Pliny's critique of the magi 13
The church fathers' views of magic 16
Rabbinic classifications of magic 20
2 Daimons and angels and the world of exorcism 27
The rise of angelology and daimonology 28
Daimons, possession and exorcism 36
3 Ancient rites for gaining lovers 47
4 Using natural forces for divine goals: Maria the Jewess and early alchemy 59
5 Divine power, human hands: becoming gods in the first centuries 70
The emergence of deification techniques 72
Deification techniques in early Christian texts 78
Ascent techniques routinized 80
6 "Even the decent women practice witchcraft": magic and gender in late antiquity 86
Concluding note: the legacy of the first centuries 97
Notes 101
Bibliography 117
Indexes 129
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