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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Very glad this book exists. In general, then, though this chapter contains some information of considerable intrinsic interest, the discussion is somewhat diffuse, symptomatic, perhaps, of an effort to include too many facets of the argument developed within the more expansive framework of the author’s doctoral dissertation on this subject.
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Instead we are informed simply of the categories of ailments addressed by these amulets, e. 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.
Magika Hiera – Christopher A. Faraone; Dirk Obbink – Oxford University Press
The eastern tradition itself is reasonably linked with the oriental habit of viewing the tomb as a house, a permanent residence for the corpse, an idea alien to the conventional views of death prevailing in Greece proper. 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 traditio This collection challenges the tendency among hoera of ancient Greece to see magical and religious ritual as mutually exclusive and to ignore “magical” practices in Greek religion.
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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. 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 with 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.
The chapter concludes with a brief and somewhat superficial look at “Funerary Imprecations and the Gods” pp.
Nightshade Purplebroom rated it really liked it Feb 22, Visions of Religion Stephen S. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In sum, the volume’s matika implies that “Greek Magic” is somehow legitimately separable from “Greek Religion,” but it conspicuously fails to provide an initial demonstration to both its contributors and its readers of precisely how this line, at least for purposes of discussion, should be drawn.
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Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C. 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: Index of Latin Words. To hlera other readers questions about Magika Hieraplease sign up. I, constitutes the earliest example of athletic magila is not convincing, given the absence of any reference to chthonic divinity or accompanying ritual action.
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.
The result is a significant degree of “overkill” on this issue, with each of the contributors compelled to duplicate the efforts of his collaborators in demonstrating the inadequacy of any such “traditional dichotomy” when applied to to the specific material under study on each occasion.
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Nexta subsection noticeably failing to deliver what its subtitle promises, “The Social Context” of these documents.