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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Judicial curses are persuasively argued to be attempts to gain an advantage during the actual legal proceedings, rather than “posttrial” exercises in revenge by unsuccessful litigants, as some have argued.

Magika Hiera : Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

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Book ratings by Goodreads. The demonstration that these curses, despite their invocation of chthonic forces, were, almost always, not murderous in intent, constitutes a valuable clarification of the role of these imprecations within Greek religion and society and certainly, by eliminating actual demise as the sole criterion for judging their success, helps explain the survival of reliance in their efficacy over so many centuries.

The chapter’s second section, pp. Much less cogent is the suggestion that difference in social or political status motivates the anonymity. Discussion of the Jiera exx. To cite only two out of several exx. It’s a Hellenion library book and someone has requested to borrow it, so I’m putting it down and sending it out.


Magika Hiera – Christopher A. Faraone; Dirk Obbink – Oxford University Press

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Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

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The chapter concludes with a brief and somewhat superficial look at “Funerary Imprecations and the Gods” pp. Julie rated it it was amazing May 13, All readers, from professional Hellenists to “Greekless” generalists curious to learn about the irresistibly intriguing world of the occult, will welcome the biera of this uniformly useful and often stimulating collection of ten essays by established experts on magikx and problems encountered in the broad sphere of Greek “magic.

Contributors include Christopher A. Damon Zacharias Lycourinos rated it it was amazing Sep 30, Latte’s claim that the first type is “religious” and Anatolian in origin, whereas the second reflects Greek “magic,” is convincingly argued to be arbitrary, and a brief but somewhat rambling discussion of the non-specific type is provided pp.

Religion and if it is a meaningful distinction, Greek conceptions of the Erotic, etc. Though useful as a very general introduction to amulet usage in antiquity, and here and there enlivened by some memorable eccentricities of ancient magic e. This collection challenges the tendency among scholars of ancient Greece to see magical and religious ritual as mutually exclusive and to maguka “magical” practices in Greek religion. Here, after some helpful introductory remarks on matters of definition e.


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