Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians

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Taylor & Francis, Jun 1, 2002 - Religion - 160 pages
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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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Rather too short and superficial for my liking, but still very interesting. Read full review

Review: Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians

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Rather too short and superficial for my liking, but still very interesting. Read full review

About the author (2002)

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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