Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

Paperback | January 1, 1997

EditorChristopher A. Faraone, Dirk Obbink

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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 formagical 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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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 formagical practices in the Greek world, and, in each...

Christopher A. Faraone is at University of Chicago. Dirk Obbink is at Barnard College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 6.14 × 9.17 × 0.75 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195111400

ISBN - 13:9780195111408

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"This is an excellent book, providing a good introduction to the topic for upper-level students."--Sarah Iles Johnston, Ohio State University