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Magic in the Roman World

Magic in the Roman World - 01 edition

Magic in the Roman World - 01 edition

ISBN13: 9780203765883

ISBN10: 0203765885

Magic in the Roman World by Janoitz - ISBN 9780203765883
Edition: 01
Copyright: 2001
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Published: 2001
International: No
Magic in the Roman World by Janoitz - ISBN 9780203765883

ISBN13: 9780203765883

ISBN10: 0203765885

Edition: 01
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Summary

Using in-depth examples of "magical" practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word "magic" was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Professor Janowitz shows that "magical" activities were integral to late antique religious practice, and that they must be understood from the perspective of those who employed them.