Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds: by Daniel Ogden

By Daniel Ogden

In a tradition the place the supernatural possessed an immediacy now unusual to us, magic used to be of significant significance either within the literary and mythic culture and in ritual perform. lately, historic magic has hit a excessive in attractiveness, either as a space of scholarly inquiry and as certainly one of basic, well known curiosity. In Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts within the Greek and Roman Worlds Daniel Ogden offers 300 texts in new translations, in addition to short yet particular commentaries. this is often the 1st ebook within the box to unite large choices from either literary and documentary resources. along descriptions of sorcerers, witches, and ghosts within the works of historical writers, it reproduces curse drugs, spells from historical magical recipe books, and inscriptions from magical amulets. every one translation is by way of a remark that places it in context inside historical tradition and connects the passage to similar passages during this quantity. Authors contain the well-known (Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Pliny) and the fewer time-honored, and expand around the entire of Greco-Roman antiquity.

the second one version features a new preface, an up to date bibliography, and new source-passages, similar to the earliest use of the observe "mage" in Greek" (fr. Aeschylus' Persians ), a werewolf story (Aesop's Fables), and excerpts from the main systematic account of historical laws opposed to magic (Theodosian Code).

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The similarities between the details of the passages and the attitudes that inform them are sufficient to indicate that Plato has the same phenomenon in mind in each. The attributes of his sorcerer “amalgam” are remarkably similar to those grouped together by Hippocrates in 13. Some may have been keener to make distinctions between the categories of operatives that Plato is happy to collapse, although the Derveni commentary (18) suggests that Orphic initiates at any rate may have perceived a kinship with mages for themselves.

If we could now see any cause for alarm, we would be forecasting it all to you. But now that the dream has come to a trivial conclusion, we ourselves take heart and we bid you do the same. 128. ” This much he said first, and then he proceeded to impale the dreaminterpreters of the mages, who had induced him to release Cyrus. Then he armed the remnants of the Medes in the city, the young and the old. He marched them out, joined battle with the Persians, and was defeated. Astyages himself was taken alive, but he lost the army of Medes he had led.

He cut its throat, just like Odysseus, and then went off. And then there came up for him from below, for the slaughtered blood of the camel, Chaerephon the bat. THIS COMPLEX PASSAGE PARODIES AESCHYLUS’S Psuchagogoi (25). ” The Shadow-feet are a comic reworking of the Cimmerians, the shadowy people of the Land of Night who live beside the oracle of the dead in Homer’s Odyssey (144; see also 153–4), with a hint of Herodotean-style ethnology thrown in (compare 7). The camel-heifer is a bizarre comic substitution for the expected black ram.

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