Night's Black Agents Witches, Wizards and the Dead in the Ancient World

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  • Copyright: 2008-07-15
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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The supernatural lore of Ancient Greece and Rome is vividly brought to life in these pages.

Author Biography

Daniel Ogden is Professor of Ancient History in the University of Exeter.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. ix
Introductionp. 1
The First Wicked Witches of the West?
At the dawn of the classical tradition: Circep. 7
Circe and the birth of the magep. 21
The emergence of Medeap. 27
Conclusionp. 35
Roman Gothic: the Witches of the Latin Traditionp. 39
In the background: Hellenistic literature and indigenous Roman magicp. 39
Latin poetry: Canidia, Erictho and friendsp. 45
Latin novels: Meroe, Panthia and othersp. 56
Folk traditions of modern Italyp. 71
Conclusionp. 75
Babylon and Memphis: the Sorcerers of the Imperial Agep. 77
The conglomerated magical peoples of Asia: Persians, Medes, Mages, Babylonians, Chaldaeans, Assyrians and Syriansp. 77
Egyptian priest-sorcerersp. 91
Judaeo-Christian exorcistsp. 100
The Neo-Pythagoreans: Arignotus, Apollonius and Alexanderp. 104
Conclusionp. 113
Hidden Stories: Grimoires, Amulets and Curse Tabletsp. 115
Grimoires: the Greek Magical Papyrip. 115
Circles of protection: amuletsp. 129
Curse tablets and binding spellsp. 138
Conclusionp. 144
Across the Divide: Love and Sex between the Living and the Deadp. 146
Love beyond the gravep. 146
New love between the living and the deadp. 160
Conclusionp. 169
Notesp. 170
Bibliographyp. 197
Indexp. 218
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