ISBN-10: 0801888972

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Editor/Contributor note Translated, Annoted & brought by way of Georg success. procedure calls for an editor or author.

Magic, miracles, daemonology, divination, astrology, and alchemy have been the arcana mundi, the "secrets of the universe," of the traditional Greeks and Romans. during this path-breaking choice of Greek and Roman writings on magic and the occult, Georg good fortune offers a accomplished sourcebook and creation to magic because it was once practiced by way of witches and sorcerers, magi and astrologers, within the Greek and Roman worlds.

In this new edition, good fortune has amassed and translated a hundred thirty historic texts courting from the 8th century BCE during the fourth century CE. completely revised, this quantity deals numerous new parts: a entire basic advent, an epilogue discussing the endurance of old magic into the early Christian and Byzantine eras, and an appendix at the use of mind-altering ingredients in occult practices. additionally additional is an intensive word list of Greek and Latin magical terms.

In Arcana Mundi Georg success provides a fascinating—and every now and then startling—alternative imaginative and prescient of the traditional international. "For decades it used to be trendy to disregard the darker and, to us, probably, uncomfortable points of lifestyle in Greece and Rome," success has written. "But we will be able to now not idealize the Greeks with their 'artistic genius' and the Romans with their 'sober realism.' Magic and witchcraft, the phobia of daemons and ghosts, the desire to manage invisible powers—all of this was once a great deal part of their lives."

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E. Aune, ‘‘Jesus II (im Zauber),’’ RAC 17 (1996), cols. 822–37, o√ers valuable comments on the relationship between religion and magic and the nature of syncretism. -D. Betz, The Mithras Liturgy (Tübingen, 2003). 8. These guidelines were suggested by W. J. Goode, in Ethnos 14 (1949): 172– 82. I have developed a few details. 9. In New Catholic Encyclopedia 11 (1967), p. 667. 10. On the question whether magic may be considered a universal idea, see E. Evans Pritchard, Theories of Primitive Religion (Oxford, 1965), p.

Among scientists who explored analogy as a cosmic principle, one should mention E. Geo√roy Saint-Hilaire, Principes de philosophie zoologique (Paris, 1830), esp. p. 97. 15. See C. A. Faraone, ‘‘Molten Wax, Spilt Wine and Mutilated Animals: Sympathetic Magic in Near Eastern and Early Greek Oath Ceremonies,’’ Journal of Hellenic Studies 113 (1993): 60–80. 16. Cf. Bauer, Arndt, and Gingrich, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testa- 24 General Introduction ment, 5th ed. ; J. Roehr, Der okkulte Kraftbegri√ im Altertum (Leipzig, 1923).

68. F. E. 3 (1986), p. 2136; E. L. 2 (1978), pp. 1652–99. 69. One still needs to consult O. Weinreich, in Neue Jahrbücher 24 (1921): 192– 251, but see now Phillips, in Helios 15 (1988): 158, nn. 52–53. See also Luck, in Ankarloo and St. Clark, Witchcraft and Magic in Europe, 2:142–48. 70. See A. J. Festugière, Personal Religion among the Greeks (Berkeley, 1954), ch. 5; Gwyn Gri≈ths, in Armstrong, Classical Mediterranean Spirituality, 52–64; Luck, Ancient Pathways and Hidden Pursuits, 223–38. 3 (1986), pp.

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