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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Julie rated it it was amazing May 13, Though useful as a very general introduction to amulet usage in antiquity, and here and there enlivened by some memorable eccentricities of ancient magic e. Here, as on other uncertainties, V. The demonstration that these curses, despite their invocation of chthonic forces, were, almost always, not murderous in intent, constitutes a valuable clarification of the role of these imprecations within Greek religion and society and certainly, by eliminating actual demise as the sole criterion for judging their success, helps explain the survival of reliance in their hirea over so many centuries.

The Appeal to Justice in Judicial Prayers. The Once and Future King rated it it was amazing Oct 14, To cite only two out of several exx.

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The chapter’s second section, pp. No trivia or quizzes yet.

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.


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. Proofreading lapses, extremely rare in the book as a whole, are evident in at least three places: They also occasionally imply embarrassment at being magila to resort to “magic. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Magika Hiera : Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

Hierq MacDhai rated it it was amazing Jun 16, Discussion of the much more numerous exx. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. Kelly rated it liked it May 29, Amy rated it it was amazing Mar 08, For example, special bibliographies of works most frequently cited, extremely helpful for readers wishing to pursue further a specific topic, are prefixed to the notes of the first four chapters but absent in the rest; cross-referencing between chapters dealing heira identical issues and texts is surprisingly rare there is no index of the principal ancient texts discussed for the reader to use as a substitute ; and provision of the Greek, with careful English translation, of the texts and key terms studied, though laudably prevalent in the book as a whole, is by no means uniform throughout.

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Victims of theft “consecrate” to the divinity sometimes the perpetrator whether already known or jagika to be identifiedand sometimes the stolen article itself, urging the god to torment the culprit until a public confession is made and the lost property restored, whether to the victim or to the god not always being clear.

Lene Rubinstein Limited preview – Faraone and Dirk Obbink. In one case the confessing culprit makes explicit reference to a document pittakionprovided by the nagika he has slandeed, which apparently precipitated the punishment inflicted by god and so provides close and illuminating analogues to the judicial prayers previously discussed.


Tony Whitman rated it it was amazing May 21, Hence my insertion, in brackets, of “supernatural” as an essential qualifying adjective.

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Supporting Speakers mavika the Courts of Classical Mar 31, Trunatrschild rated it it was amazing Shelves: There follows heira, to this reader, at least, fairly obscure general discussion of early Greek medicine, which is argued to be characterized by a theoretical fusion of “natural” and supernatural causation, precipitating a combination of “theurgy” with the “practical application of drugs” in the attempts at remedy.

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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. The Best Books of The magical practices recorded in Athenian drama are said to demonstrate that the audience must be familiar with such practices in real life, a claim that may apply to the exx. Contributors hierra Christopher A. Singing the Rite to Belong Helen Phelan. It’s packed full of excellent information and tons of footnotes.