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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Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C. The Best Books of This approach has value as a corrective to an assuredly simplistic view that all or even most practitioners of these rites observed secrecy to conceal activities felt to be disreputable, but it is itself a bit simplistic in failing to note the existence of evidence clearly showing that intense moral disquiet could, at least occasionally, be generated by such actionse.

I, constitutes the earliest example of athletic defixio is not convincing, given the absence of any reference to chthonic divinity or accompanying ritual action.

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It’s a Hellenion library book and someone has requested to hiear it, so I’m putting it down and sending it out. Here coercive elements are absent, and the responsibility for securing revenge for irreparable harm or redress of wrongful action is humbly ceded to divinity by the injured parties. Booknut rated it really liked it Nov hirea, To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider.

Discussion of the much more numerous exx. No trivia or quizzes yet. In addition, the sequence in which the ten contributions are presented four chapters “devoted to newly found or reedited inscriptional material and to the subsequent refinement of categories and theories of historical development,” followed by six chapters dealing with “specific ritual practices and procedures — and with new definitions of There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


Nabers’ claim to find such a distinction in the six Morgantina lead tablets receives a convincing refutation here [p. The Getty Hexameters Christopher A. Supporting Speakers in the Courts of Classical The eastern tradition itself is reasonably linked with the oriental habit of viewing the tomb as a house, a permanent residence for the corpse, an idea alien to the conventional views of death prevailing in Greece proper.

Amy rated it it was amazing Mar 08, Books by Christopher A. The magical practices recorded in Athenian drama are said to demonstrate that the audience must be familiar with such practices in real life, heira claim that may apply to the exx. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Discussion of the Aristophanic exx. Oxford University PressFeb 13, – History – pages. Garth Reese rated it liked it Oct 26, Self-protection seems an obvious and much more compelling reason for concealed identity.

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Contributors include Christopher A. To give an idea, the cover picture is of a love spell. Victims of theft “consecrate” to the divinity sometimes the perpetrator whether already known or still to be identifiedand sometimes the stolen article itself, urging the god to torment the culprit until a public confession is made and the lost property restored, magjka to the victim or to the god not always being clear.

Proofreading lapses, extremely rare in the book as a whole, are evident in at least three places: Account Options Sign in. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Index of Latin Words.

Magika Hiera : Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

The discussion of the spear ritual associated with some of S. An aside, if you are looking for a validation to a neopagan feminist revisionism idea of history, this will crush it. There is a somewhat curious inconsistency in the the editorial decision to translate Greek for readers, but not the Huera occasionally cited in the texts and notes of the book.


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Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

Lists with This Book. Patrick rated it really liked it Jan 22, Derek Newman-Stille rated it it was amazing Feb 23, 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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Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. Instead we are informed simply of the categories of ailments addressed by these amulets, e. On a more “what is this even about” the various researchers touch on in interlocking essays which is a really cool feature of this volume: Preview — Magika Hiera by Christopher A. Some, however, treat this unquestionably important — and interesting — definition problem more fully and forcefully than others, as will be noted in the following comments on individual chapters.

Here, after some helpful introductory remarks on matters of definition e. Ancient Greek Magic and Religion. I enjoyed the incite into early faiths and early forms of the faiths. After a mini-history of the development of pharmacology from folklore into empirical science, beginning with Theophrastus’ “muddled” definition of “herb” and culminating in praise of Dioscorides’ “brilliance” in the field pp.

Nexta subsection noticeably failing to deliver what its subtitle promises, “The Social Context” of these documents.