Between Magic and Religion: Interdisciplinary Studies in Ancient Mediterranean Religion and Society

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Sulochana Ruth Asirvatham, Corinne Ondine Pache, John Watrous
Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - Religion - 212 pages
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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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Contents

Barbarian Bond Thracian Bendis among the Athenians
3
Magic Religion and Syncretism at the Oracle of Claros
13
B ROMAN MAGIC AND RELIGION FROM Two PERSPECTIVES
33
Saving Water Early Floods in the Forum
35
Magic Dreams and Ritual in the Iroquois Conversion
47
MAN HERO OR GOD?
65
The Dynamics of Deification in Horaces Odes 13
67
Olympias Snake and Callisthenes Stand Religion and Politics in Plutarchs Life of Alexander
93
RELIGIOUS ICONOGRAPHY IN LATE ANTIQUITY
137
Coins Used as Amulets in Late Antiquity
139
A Reconsideration of Early Byzantine Marriage Rings
149
The FemmeauxSerpents at Moissac Luxuria Lust or a Bad Mother?
165
Bibliography
193
Index
207
About the Contributors
211
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The Cult of Achilles in Philostratus Heroikos A Study in the Relation of Canon and Ritual
127

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Sulochana R. Asirvatham received her Ph.D. in Classics from Columbia University. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of Classics and General Humanities at Montclair State Univeristy. Corinne Odine Pache received her Ph.D. from Harvard University. She is Assistant Professor of Classics at Yale University. John Watrous is a graduate student in the Classics department at Harvard University.

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