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Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World

Radcliffe Edmonds

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online June 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0107
Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World

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The study of magic in the ancient Greco-Roman world has blossomed in the decades since the publication of the translation of the Greek magical papyri by Hans Dieter Betz and his team in 1987. Although a scholarly interest in magic flourished at the turn of the 19th century, resulting in the editing and publication of collections of texts, the recent waves of scholarship have employed new methodologies drawn from anthropology, literary criticism, and comparative religion, focusing more on the social contexts of this material, as well as the cultural ideologies and constructs revealed. Because “magic” is a term coming from Greco-Roman antiquity that has meant many different things to many different people at many different times, one of the fundamental issues in the field is the demarcation of that field of study. Not only is the definition of magic still hotly contested, but scholars might dispute the inclusion of any of the bodies of evidence listed in this bibliography as appropriate for a study of magic.

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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