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By Marvin W. Meyer, Paul Allan Mirecki

ISBN-10: 0391041525

ISBN-13: 9780391041523

ISBN-10: 9004104062

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This quantity incorporates a sequence of provocative essays that discover expressions of magic and formality energy within the old global. The essays are authored via prime students within the fields of Egyptology, old close to japanese experiences, the Hebrew Bible, Judaica, classical Greek and Roman stories, early Christianity and patristics, and Coptology. through the ebook the essays study the phrases hired in descriptions of historic magic. From this exam comes a rationalization of magic as a polemical time period of exclusion but additionally an figuring out of the classical Egyptian and early Greek conceptions of magic as a extra impartial class of inclusion. This publication may still end up to be foundational for destiny scholarly experiences of historic magic and formality strength. This ebook has additionally been released in hardback (no longer available).

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2 Agostino Nifo, De daemonibus, Venice 1553, f 72 v ; the citation stems from Paola Zambelli, L'ambigua natura délia magia. Filosofi, streghe, riti nel Rinascimento (Milan: Mondadori, 1991), 212. 3 Most prominent: M. and R. Wax, "The notion of magic," Current Anthropology 4 (1963): 495-513; often reprinted. than an "outside" (etic) definition would be impossible4; my position here will become implicitly clear during this essay. My aim rather is to show how both in Greece and later (and not independently) in Rome the concept of magic as something different from religion was developed in a quite specific historical situation—in the course of the Sophist enlightenment in Athens and in Ciceronian Rome.

University of Chicago, 1988). But such expansions accept whatever commonsense criteria for inclusion Preisendanz-Betz had in mind. There are, as well, individual pieces in PGM which could trade places with individual items in other Greek collections, and vice versa, especially, M. Bertholet, Collection des anciens alchemistes grecs (Paris: Ch. Em Ruelle, 1887-88) and the Catalogus codicum astrologorum graecorum (Brussels: Lamertin, 1898-), not to speak of the relations of individual items i η PGM to even wider circles of texts from herbaria and oracles to Gnostica and Hermetica.

Neusner, E. Frerichs and P. , Religion, Science and Magic (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989); now published inside the volume's dust jacket. 3 Cf. , vii: "fairly well-accepted and clearly defined distinction between religion in the form of miracle and magic," and p. 4: "Religious systems of thought mark the boundary and center of a community, defining its identity, in part through making a distinction between true religion and magic. " 4 Sir J. G. Frazer, The Golden Bough, Part I, The Magic Art and the Evolution of Kings (New York: The Macmillan Company, 1910).

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