Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion. Front Cover. Christopher A. Faraone, Dirk Obbink. Oxford University Press, Feb 13, – History – pages. Magika Hiera has 49 ratings and 6 reviews. said: Sometimes a book really captures an attempt to show cross cultural perceptions of a popular soci. Magika Hiera. Ancient Greek Magic & Religion. Edited by Christopher A. Faraone and Dirk Obbink. Oxford: Oxford University Press,
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In general, then, though this chapter contains some information of considerable intrinsic interest, the discussion is somewhat diffuse, symptomatic, perhaps, of an effort to include too many facets of the argument developed within the hiwra expansive framework of the author’s doctoral dissertation on this subject.
It draws on a wealth of illuminating primary material. It’s packed full of excellent information and tons of footnotes. Ebook This title is available as an ebook.
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Book ratings by Goodreads. Lists with This Book. Amy rated it it was amazing Mar 08, That’s not the book’s fault. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in the Greek world, and, in each case, determine hiear the traditional dichotomy between magic and religion helps in any way to conceptualize the objective features of the evidence examined.
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In his “Conclusions,” F. Discussion of the much more numerous exx. Contributors include Christopher A.
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The Greek idea of a love spell was to A compilation of academic essays on Greek magic, highlighting everything from curse tablets to the Magical Papyri to the argument of religion as magic or magic as religion etc. Open Preview See a Problem? To ask other readers questions about Magika Hieraplease sign up. Selected Bibliography of Greek Magic and Religion. The failure, on p. 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 traditio 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.
I enjoyed the incite into early faiths and early forms of the faiths. Ethan rated it really liked it Aug 11, Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. This collection challenges the tendency among scholars of ancient Greece to see magical and religious ritual as mutually exclusive and to hieda “magical” practices in Greek religion.
Sean MacDhai rated it it was amazing Jun 16, The attempt to “legitimize” the appeal for supernatural retaliation by reference to wrong done is reaffirmed as “the essential criterion” for differentiating true judicial prayer from true defixio, and both are claimed to be “the two opposites on the extreme ends of a whole spectrum of more or less hybrid forms” connecting the realms of “religion” and “magic. To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford.
All readers, from professional Hellenists to “Greekless” generalists curious to learn about the irresistibly intriguing world of the occult, will welcome the appearance of this uniformly useful and often stimulating collection of ten essays by established experts on practices and problems encountered in the broad sphere of Greek “magic.
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I wish I were intellectual enough to read a book like this for fun, but I’m not. Chicano Folklore Rafaela G. Paperbackpages. Beluosus rated it really liked it Aug 30, To give an idea, the cover picture is of a love spell.
Magika Hiera : Ancient Greek Magic and Religion
Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers hlera over 50 million reviews. The Best Books of Hayden Lane rated it really liked it Feb 05, The chapter concludes with a brief and somewhat superficial look at “Funerary Imprecations and the Gods” pp. Faraone and Dirk Obbink. Kinship in Ancient Athens: Melissa McNair magiia it it was amazing Jun 12, Julie rated it it was amazing May 13, The need to prevent discovery from prompting ritual countermeasures explains the burying in taboo areas.
After a mini-history of the development of pharmacology from folklore into empirical science, beginning with Theophrastus’ “muddled” definition of “herb” and culminating in praise of Dioscorides’ “brilliance” in the field pp. In sum, the volume’s title implies that “Greek Magic” is somehow legitimately separable from “Greek Religion,” but it conspicuously fails to provide an initial demonstration to both its contributors and its hoera of precisely how this line, at least for purposes of discussion, should be drawn.