Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians
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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Review: Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and ChristiansUser Review - Andrea Hickman Walker - Goodreads
Rather too short and superficial for my liking, but still very interesting. Read full review