Magic in the Roman World

Magic in the Roman World
Author : Naomi Janowitz
Publisher : Routledge
Total Pages : 160
Release : 2002-09-11
ISBN 10 : 9781134633685
ISBN 13 : 1134633688
Language : EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic in the Roman World Book Description:

Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Naomi Janowitz shows that 'magical' activities were integral to late antique religious practice, and that they must be understood from the perspective of those who employed them.


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