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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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.

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Magika Hiera : Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

Here again failure to provide complete texts and translations of any of the exx. Sean MacDhai rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Self-protection seems an obvious and much more compelling reason for concealed identity.

Contributors include Christopher A. Here the well-known “Orphic” exx. Booknut rated it really hierz it Nov 04, There follows some, to this reader, at least, fairly obscure general discussion of early Greek medicine, which is argued to be characterized by a theoretical fusion of “natural” and supernatural causation, precipitating a combination of “theurgy” with the “practical application of drugs” in the attempts at remedy.


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Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. Much less cogent is the suggestion that difference in social or political status motivates the anonymity.

Hayden Lane rated it really liked it Feb 05, Description This well-researched and inspiring collection of ten essays by leading American and European scholars challenges the tendency among scholars of Greek religion to ignore what have traditionally been called “magical” practices in ancient Greece.

Tony Whitman magik it it was amazing May 21, Thanks for telling us about the problem. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices Lene Rubinstein Limited preview – Kotansky’s chapter has just made it clear that all pharmaka are not of an herbal nature.

That’s exactly what I’d keep it for if I were buying it for myself- a reference resource, and magila occasionally one of the essays when I’m in a particularl Here’s another I’m just not going to sit and read from cover to cover. Here, after some helpful introductory remarks on matters of definition e.

The Once and Future King rated it it was amazing Oct 14, Sep 05, Jack rated it it was amazing. Chicano Folklore Rafaela G. I actually understand being a book for specialists that there will be the occasional paragraph i cannot Sometimes a book really captures an attempt to show cross cultural perceptions of a popular social form and hieraa really good at demythologizing magic and undoing hyper rationalist narratives of Ancient Greek culture but you just really wish that the book wouldn’t slap you upside the head with its erudition so often, like yes please tell me how clever a phrase is in untranslated Latin or German!


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

The chapter concludes with a brief and somewhat superficial look at “Funerary Imprecations and the Gods” pp. A compilation of academic essays on Greek magic, highlighting everything from curse tablets to the Magical Papyri to mmagika argument of religion as magic or magic as religion etc.

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I enjoyed the incite into early faiths and early forms of the faiths. These are classified into two types, “specific” and “non-specific,” depending on whether or not the [supernatural] punishments involved are made explicit. A number of interesting exx.

I think this is a bit aged, but still a necessary read if you are interested in factual witchcraft magima history. The failure, on p. I actually understand being a book for specialists that there will be the occasional paragraph i cannot decipher because its about minute differences in Greek translation but some of this is just aggravating.