Between magic and religion: interdisciplinary studies in ancient Mediterranean religion and society

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2001 - History - 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

Thracian Bendis among the Athenians
3
Magic Religion and Syncretism at the Oracle of Claros
13
Early Floods in the Forum
35
Magic Dreams and Ritual in the Iroquois Conversion
47
The Dynamics of Deification in Horaces Odes 13
67
Coins Used as Amulets in Late Antiquity
139
Luxuria Lust or a Bad Mother?
165
Bibliography
193
Index
207
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