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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 success presents a finished sourcebook and creation to magic because it was once practiced by means of witches and sorcerers, magi and astrologers, within the Greek and Roman worlds.

In this new edition, success has accumulated and translated one hundred thirty historic texts courting from the 8th century BCE throughout the fourth century CE. completely revised, this quantity bargains a number of new components: a complete common advent, an epilogue discussing the patience of historic magic into the early Christian and Byzantine eras, and an appendix at the use of mind-altering components in occult practices. additionally extra is an intensive thesaurus of Greek and Latin magical terms.

In Arcana Mundi Georg success provides a fascinating—and now and then startling—alternative imaginative and prescient of the traditional global. "For many years it used to be trendy to disregard the darker and, to us, maybe, uncomfortable facets of daily life in Greece and Rome," good fortune 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 terror of daemons and ghosts, the desire to control invisible powers—all of this was once greatly part of their lives."

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Divination was one of the specialties of the Etruscans, and the ‘‘Etruscan seer’’ was a familiar figure. Etruscan techniques of predicting the future were integrated into the Roman state religion, even though they could be called ‘‘magical’’ and ‘‘foreign’’ since they must have had their origin in Asia Minor. ∑≥ If we knew more about him, we would gain a better understanding of the occult arts as they were practiced in Rome. ) we catch a glimpse of some ancient types of magic practiced in Italy (and probably elsewhere).

Morgan (Atlanta, 1983). See also J. , 1987), pp. 46–70; Schi√man and Swartz, Hebrew and Aramaic Incantation Texts from the Cairo Genizah; J. Naveh and Sh. Shaked, eds. Magic Spells and Formulae ( Jerusalem, 1993); P. Schäfer and Sh. , Magische Texte aus der Kairoer Geniza, vol. 1, Texte und Studien zum antiken Judentum 46 (Tübingen, 1994). 42. , A. F. Segal, in Studies in Gnosticism and Hellenistic Religions, ed. R. van den Broek and M. J. Vermaseren (Leiden, 1981), pp. 340–75. 43. Betz, The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demotic Papyri, vol.

Opelt, ‘‘Barbar I,’’ RAC Suppl. 1 (2001), cols. 841–44. On the names ‘‘Iao’’ and ‘‘Jeu,’’ see D. E. Aune, RAC 17 (1996), cols. 1–12, 906–12. 18. Horsley, New Documents, 1: no. 69. 19. , no. 22. 20. See H. Thyen, ‘‘Ich-Bin-Worte,’’ RAC 17 (1996), cols. 205–9. This way of creating a magical or religious identity is also characteristic of Simon Magus who said of himself ‘‘I am the great Power of God’’ (Thyen, pp. 190–91). Some spells present the magus as a successor of an Egyptian priest. 21. J. Boucharlat, Magie, religion et folie: La Puissance sans la gloire (Paris, 1991).

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