Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

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Christopher A. Faraone, Dirk Obbink
Oxford University Press, 1997 - Literary Criticism - 298 pages
This collection challenges the tendency among scholars of ancient Greece to see magical and religious ritual as mutually exclusive and to ignore "magical" practices in Greek religion. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in the Greek world, and, in each case, determine whether the traditional dichotomy between magic and religion helps in any way to conceptualize the objective features of the evidence examined. Contributors include Christopher A. Faraone, J.H.M. Strubbe, H.S. Versnel, Roy Kotansky, John Scarborough, Samuel Eitrem, Fritz Graf, John J. Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C.R. Phillips.
 

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Contents

1 The Agonistic Context of Early Greek Binding Spells
3
2 Cursed be he that moves my bones
33
The Appeal to Justice in Judicial Prayers
60
4 Incantations and Prayers for Salvation on Inscribed Greek Amulets
107
5 The Pharmacology of Sacred Plants Herbs and Roots
138
6 Dreams and Divination in Magical Ritual
175
7 Prayer in Magical and Religious Ritual
188
8 The Constraints of Eros
214
9 Magic and Mystery in the Greek Magical Papyri
244
Socioreligious Sanctions on Magic
260
Selected Bibliography of Greek Magic and Religion
277
Index of Greek Words
285
Index of Latin Words
289
General Index
291
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Christopher A. Faraone is at University of Chicago. Dirk Obbink is at Barnard College.

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