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
Here, after some helpful introductory remarks on matters of definition e. Preview — Magika Hiera by Christopher A. FaraoneDirk Obbink. Want to Read saving…. Booknut rated it really liked it Nov 04, Here, as on other uncertainties, V.
Derek Newman-Stille rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Beluosus rated it really liked it Aug 30, The Best Books of Some, however, treat this magikx important — and interesting — definition problem more fully and forcefully than others, as will be noted in the following comments on individual chapters. On a more “what is this even about” the various researchers touch on in interlocking essays which is a really cool feature of this volume: Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C. 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 amgika at largeconfess their crime, praise the kagika who has compelled the confession by infliction of illness, accident or the mgika, and profess their wonder at his power.
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The discussion of the spear ritual associated with some of S. 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. Very interesting and only hierw little heavy, though I wish I knew Greek, it would have been more fulfilling.
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Ethan rated it really liked it Aug 11, Kinship in Ancient Athens: I wish I were intellectual enough to read a book like this for fun, but I’m not. Here the well-known “Orphic” exx. Similarly, the only Homeric verse found on K’s exx.
The failure, on p. Paperbackpages. Latte’s claim that the first type is “religious” and Anatolian in origin, whereas the second reflects Greek “magic,” is convincingly argued to be arbitrary, and a brief but somewhat rambling discussion of the non-specific type is provided pp. Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C. XX]and introduces the gold and silver magiak studied in K.
Magika Hiera – Christopher A. Faraone; Dirk Obbink – Oxford University Press
The chapter concludes with a brief and somewhat superficial look at “Funerary Imprecations and the Gods” pp. Mxgika useful as a very general introduction to amulet usage in antiquity, and here and there enlivened by some memorable eccentricities of ancient magic e. Selected Bibliography of Greek Magic and Religion. Ancient Greek Magic and Religion.
In what follows, the discussion rambles noticeably and sometimes fails to pinpoint the nature and location of evidence cited. 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.
Nexta subsection noticeably failing to deliver what its subtitle promises, “The Social Context” of these documents. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
In this masterfully constructed contribution, V. The Age of Titans William M. Amy rated it it was amazing Mar 08, 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 perceptions 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!
To ask other readers questions about Magika Hieraplease sign up. All readers, from professional Hellenists to “Greekless” generalists curious to learn about the irresistibly intriguing world of the occult, will welcome the appearance of this uniformly useful and often stimulating collection of ten essays by established experts on practices and problems encountered in the broad sphere of Greek “magic.
After a mini-history of the development of pharmacology from folklore into empirical science, beginning with Theophrastus’ “muddled” definition of “herb” and culminating in praise of Dioscorides’ “brilliance” in the field pp.
Self-protection seems an obvious and much more compelling reason for concealed identity. 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 traditional dichotomy between magic and religion helps in any way to conceptualize the objective features of the evidence examined.
This approach has value as a corrective to an assuredly simplistic view that all or even most practitioners of these rites observed secrecy to conceal activities felt to be disreputable, but it is itself a bit simplistic in failing to note the existence of evidence clearly showing that intense moral disquiet could, at least occasionally, be generated by such actionse. That’s exactly what I’d keep it for if I were buying it for myself- a reference resource, and perhaps occasionally one of the essays when I’m in a particularl Here’s another I’m just not going to sit and read from cover to cover.
An aside, if you are looking for a validation to a neopagan feminist revisionism idea of history, this will crush it.
Ebook This title is available as an ebook. A compilation of academic essays on Greek magic, highlighting everything from curse tablets to the Magical Papyri to the argument of religion as magic or magic as religion etc.
The Once and Future King rated it it was amazing Oct 14, Sometimes a book really captures an attempt to show cross cultural perceptions 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!