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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Magika Hiera : Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

The attempt to “legitimize” the appeal for maguka retaliation by reference to wrong done is reaffirmed as “the essential criterion” for differentiating true judicial prayer from true defixio, and both are claimed to be “the two opposites on the extreme ends of a whole spectrum of more or less hybrid forms” connecting the realms of “religion” and “magic.

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There is a somewhat curious inconsistency in the the editorial decision to translate Greek for readers, but not the German occasionally cited in the texts and notes of the book. For example, special bibliographies of works most frequently cited, extremely helpful for readers wishing uiera pursue further a specific topic, are prefixed to the notes of the first four chapters but absent in the rest; cross-referencing between chapters dealing with identical issues and texts is surprisingly rare there is no index of the principal ancient texts discussed for hkera reader to use as a substitute ; and provision of the Greek, with careful English translation, of the texts and key terms studied, though laudably prevalent in the book as a whole, is by no means uniform throughout.


Here exposed culprits, including practitioners of black magic further evidence that at least some of the supernatural manipulation reflected in the defixiones was not, in fact, sanctioned by society at largeconfess their crime, praise the god who has compelled the confession by infliction of illness, accident or the like, and profess their wonder at his power.

Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion by Christopher A. Faraone

That’s not the book’s fault. Similarly, the only Homeric verse found on K’s exx. Academic Skip to main content. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices Refresh and try again.

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. In his “Conclusions,” F.

hieera It draws on a wealth of illuminating primary material. Sara rated it really liked it Sep 26, Ancient Greek Magic and Religion. Ethan rated it really liked it Aug 11, I wish I were intellectual enough to read a book like this for fun, but I’m not. Paperbackpages.

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The Early History of Heaven J. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in the Greek world, and, in each case, determine whether the traditio 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.

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Beluosus rated it really liked it Aug 30, What, then, is the “traditional [does not this word imply some sort of consensus? All readers, from professional Hellenists to “Greekless” generalists curious to learn about the irresistibly intriguing world of the occult, will welcome the appearance of magiks uniformly useful and often stimulating collection of ten essays by established experts on practices and problems encountered in the broad sphere of Greek “magic.


Oxford University PressFeb 13, – History – pages. The failure, on p.

The Greek idea of a love spell was to bind totally, to cause rashes and loss of sleep and pain till the loved one came to the spell caster. In the course of this illuminating discussion, V. 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 mgaika of a popular social form and is 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: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

Preview — Magika Hiera by Christopher A. In this masterfully constructed contribution, V. The magical practices recorded in Athenian drama are said to demonstrate that the audience must be familiar with such practices in real life, a claim that may apply to the exx.

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