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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 selection of Greek and Roman writings on magic and the occult, Georg good fortune offers a entire sourcebook and creation to magic because it was once practiced via witches and sorcerers, magi and astrologers, within the Greek and Roman worlds.

In this new edition, success has accrued and translated one hundred thirty historical texts relationship from the 8th century BCE throughout the fourth century CE. completely revised, this quantity deals numerous new components: a finished basic creation, an epilogue discussing the endurance of historic magic into the early Christian and Byzantine eras, and an appendix at the use of mind-altering elements in occult practices. additionally further is an intensive word list of Greek and Latin magical terms.

In Arcana Mundi Georg good fortune provides a fascinating—and every 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 features 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 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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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. 2132–33, and on the relationship between Lucius and the charming but treacherous Photis, see R. de Smet, in Latomus 46 (1987): 612– 23. See also Harrison, Apuleius: A Latin Sophist, and P.

If someone praises the beauty of your baby, you must spit on it to pretend that it is worthless to you—a precaution that can still be observed in remote parts of Greece. If anyone admires something that you possess, give it to that person at once. It is better to part with a prized possession right away than to live in constant fear of baskania. Third, wear an amulet as a protection and make sure that your children also wear one. ∑π Sometimes, they have abstract shapes; sometimes they represent a part of the human body: an eye (the evil eye) pierced with an arrow, an open hand (the defensive gesture against the evil eye), a phallus (also called fascinum).

De Smet, in Latomus 46 (1987): 612– 23. See also Harrison, Apuleius: A Latin Sophist, and P. , in Apuleius, De Magia (Darmstadt, 2002). 71. See Cramer, Astrology in Roman Law and Politics; R. ; Phillips, ‘‘In Search,’’ 260√. 72. On the Egyptian papyrus, see Horsley, New Documents, 1: no. 49. On Ammianus Marcellinus as a source for religious beliefs and magical practices, see Phillips, ‘‘In Search,’’ 260, 263–64. On the burning of magical books and related texts, see W. , Lieferung 10 (2003), cols.

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