Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Sourcebook

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Oxford University Press, 2002 - History - 353 pages
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In a culture where the supernatural possessed an immediacy now strange to us, magic was of great importance both in the literary and mythic tradition and in ritual practice. Recently, ancient magic has hit a high in popularity, both as an area of scholarly inquiry and as one of general, popular interest. In Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds Daniel Ogden presents three hundred texts in new translations, along with brief but explicit commentaries. This is the first book in the field to unite extensive selections from both literary and documentary sources. Alongside descriptions of sorcerers, witches, and ghosts in the works of ancient writers, it reproduces curse tablets, spells from ancient magical recipe books, and inscriptions from magical amulets. Each translation is followed by a commentary that puts it in context within ancient culture and connects the passage to related passages in this volume. Authors include the well known (Sophocles, Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, Virgil, Pliny) and the less familiar, and extend across the whole of Greco-Roman antiquity.
 

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This book, designed as a undergraduate text for those studying ancient belief systems, was perfect for my research. Each section gives sample readings translated from Greek and Roman literature, followed by the author's explication and sources for further research. Read full review

Review: Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Sourcebook

User Review  - Lucas - Goodreads

I am assuming that this sourcebook is meant to be used alongside Night's Black Agents: Witches Wizards and the Dead in the Ancient World, but regardless, on its own it is a fairly weak book. The ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
227
Section 2
247
Section 3
263
Section 4
301

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Daniel Ogden is Reader in Ancient History at the University of Wales, Swansea.

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