This volume demonstrates that the word magic was widely employed in late antique texts as part of polemical attacks on enemies but at the simplest level it was merely a term used for other peoples rituals.The study begins by analysing Jewish, Christian and Greco-Roman uses of the term in the first three centuries CE. The author then turns to a series of in-depth examples of magical practice exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings examining how such rituals were thought to work. T... More >>>
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