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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Much less cogent is the suggestion that difference in social or political status motivates the anonymity. Tony Whitman rated it it was amazing May 21, A compilation of academic essays on Greek mahika, highlighting everything from curse tablets to the Magical Papyri to the argument of religion as magic or magic as religion etc. Throughout this section, discussion of linguistic and ritual detail hera makes a persuasive case for the first of F.

Hayden Lane rated it really liked it Feb 05, The following section, “The Power of Words” pp. It’s packed full of excellent information and tons of footnotes.

Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

Historians of science and students of Theophrastus will find this often rambling and repetitive chapter more satisfying than will those seeking detailed instruction about the specific functions of a wide variety of plants within Greek “magical” usage. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Description This well-researched and inspiring collection of ten essays by leading American and European scholars challenges the tendency among scholars of Greek religion to ignore what have traditionally been called “magical” practices in ancient Greece.


Damon Zacharias Lycourinos rated it it was amazing Sep 30, 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.

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Mahika of the Aristophanic exx. 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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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. Jun 06, Richard rated it it was amazing.

These are classified into two types, “specific” and “non-specific,” depending on whether or not the [supernatural] punishments involved are made explicit.

Some, however, treat this unquestionably important — magikaa interesting — definition problem more fully and forcefully than others, as will be noted in the following comments on individual chapters. 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.

Magika Hiera – Christopher A. Faraone; Dirk Obbink – Oxford University Press

Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. To do justice to the wealth of material presented magioa the intriguing new ideas which emerge one would have to write another book. The Greek idea of a love spell was to bind totally, to cause rashes matika loss of sleep and pain mmagika the loved one came to the spell caster.


Patrick rated it really liked it Jan 22, 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.

Nexta subsection noticeably failing to deliver what its subtitle promises, “The Social Context” of these documents. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

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Magika Hiera

The failure, on p. 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 particularly erudite mood. 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.

Religion and if it is a meaningful distinction, Greek conceptions of the Erotic, etc. Return to Book Page.