Daughters of Hecate: Women and Magic in the Ancient World

Paperback | October 8, 2014

byKimberly B. Stratton, Dayna S. Kalleres

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Daughters of Hecate unites for the first time research on the problem of gender and magic in three ancient Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman culture. The book illuminates the gendering of ancient magic by approaching the topic from three distinctdisciplinary perspectives: literary stereotyping, the social application of magic discourse, and material culture.The volume challenges presumed associations of women and magic by probing the foundations of, processes, and motivations behind gendered stereotypes, beginning with Western culture's earliest associations of women and magic in the Bible and Homer's Odyssey. Daughters of Hecate provides a nuancedexploration of the topic while avoiding reductive approaches. In fact, the essays in this volume uncover complexities and counter-discourses that challenge, rather than reaffirm, many gendered stereotypes taken for granted and reified by most modern scholarship.By combining critical theoretical methods with research into literary and material evidence, Daughters of Hecate interrogates gendered stereotypes that are as relevant now as for understanding antiquity or the early modern witch hunts.

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Daughters of Hecate unites for the first time research on the problem of gender and magic in three ancient Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman culture. The book illuminates the gendering of ancient magic by approaching the topic from three distinctdisciplinary perspectives: literary stereotyping, the ...

Kimberly B. Stratton is an associate professor in the College of Humanities at Carleton University. She holds a B.A. in English and Religion from Barnard College, an M.T.S. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in the history of religions in late antiquity from Columbia University. She has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerus...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:512 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:October 8, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195342710

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book, great prof at Carleton! A must read.
Date published: 2014-11-08

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Preface1. Kimberly B. Stratton: Interrogating the Magic-Gender ConnectionPart I. Fiction and Fantasy: Gendering Magic in Literature2. Barbette Stanley Spaeth: From Goddess to Hag: The Greek and the Roman Witch in Classical Literature3. Rebecca Lesses: "The Most Worthy of Women is a Mistress of Magic": Women as Witches and Ritual Practitioners in 1 Enoch and Rabbinic Sources4. Annette Yoshiko Reed: Gendering Heavenly Secrets? Women, Angels, and the Problem of Misogyny and "Magic"5. Kimberly B. Stratton: Magic, Abjection, and Gender in Roman LiteraturePart II. Gender and Magic Discourse in Practice6. Elizabeth Ann Pollard: Magic Accusations Against Women in Tacitus's Annals7. Dayna S. Kalleres: Drunken Hags with Amulets and Prostitutes with Erotic Spells: The Re-Feminization of Magic in Late Antique Christian Homilies8. Ayse Tuzlak: The Bishop, the Pope, and the Prophetess: Rival Ritual Experts in Third-Century Cappadocia9. Nicola Denzey Lewis: Living Images of the Divine: Female Theurgists in Late Antiquity10. Kirsti Barrett Copeland: Sorceresses and Sorcerers in Early Christian Tours of HellPart III. Gender, Magic, and the Material Record11. David Frankfurter: The Social Context of Women's Erotic Magic in Antiquity12. Pauline Ripat: Cheating Women: Curse Tablets and Roman Wives13. Yaakov Elman: Saffron, Spices, and Sorceresses: Magic Bowls and the Bavli14. Fritz Graf: Victimology or: How to Deal With Untimely Death15. AnneMarie Luijendijk: A Gospel Amulet for Joannia (P.Oxy. VIII 1151)