Between Magic and Religion: Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Mediterranean Religion and Society
Sulochana Ruth Asirvatham, Corinne Pache, Corinne Ondine Pache, John Watrous
Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Religion - 212 pages
Between Magic and Religion represents a radical rethinking of traditional distinctions involving the term 'religion' in the ancient Greek world and beyond, through late antiquity to the seventeenth century. The title indicates the fluidity of such concepts as religion and magic, highlighting the wide variety of meanings evoked by these shifting terms from ancient to modern times. The contributors put these meanings to the test, applying a wide range of methods in exploring the many varieties of available historical, archaeological, iconographical, and literary evidence. No reader will ever think of magic and religion the same way after reading through the findings presented in this book. Both terms emerge in a new light, with broader applications and deeper meanings.
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