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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Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

The demonstration that these curses, despite their invocation of chthonic forces, were, almost always, not magiia in intent, constitutes a valuable clarification of the role of these imprecations within Greek religion and society and certainly, by eliminating actual demise as the sole criterion for judging their success, helps explain the survival of reliance in their efficacy over so many centuries.

In one case the confessing culprit makes explicit reference to a document pittakionprovided by the man he has slandeed, which apparently precipitated the punishment inflicted by god and so provides close and illuminating analogues to the judicial prayers previously discussed.

It’s a Hellenion library book and someone has requested to borrow it, so I’m putting it yiera and sending it out. Oxford University PressFeb 13, – History – pages. Faraone and Dirk Obbink. Victims of theft “consecrate” to the divinity sometimes the perpetrator whether already known or still to be identifiedand maika the stolen article itself, urging the god to torment the culprit until a public confession is made and the lost property restored, whether to the victim or to the god not always being clear.

Trivia About Magika Hiera: In what follows, the discussion rambles noticeably and sometimes fails to pinpoint the nature and location of evidence cited.

The Best Books of magikq The Greek idea of a love spell was to A compilation of academic essays on Greek magic, highlighting everything from curse tablets to the Magical Papyri to the argument of religion as magic or magic as religion etc. The contributors survey specific bodies of archaeological, epigraphical, and papyrological evidence for magical practices in hiear Greek world, and, in each case, determine whether the traditio 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.


Instead we are informed simply of the categories of ailments addressed by these amulets, e. Melissa McNair rated it it was amazing Jun 12, May 25, Suz Thackston rated it it was amazing Shelves: In sum, the volume’s title implies that “Greek Magic” is somehow legitimately separable from “Greek Religion,” but it hieda 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.

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

Very glad this book exists. The failure, on p. Supporting Speakers in the Courts of Classical Academic Skip to main content. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Ethan rated it really liked it Aug 11, Here again failure to provide complete texts and translations of any of the exx. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

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The contributors survey specific bodies of hiefa, 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. All readers, from professional Hellenists to “Greekless” generalists curious to learn about the irresistibly intriguing world of the occult, will welcome the appearance of this uniformly useful and often stimulating collection of ten essays by established experts on practices and problems encountered in the broad sphere of Greek “magic.


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What, then, is the “traditional [does not this word imply some sort of consensus? 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. In the presentation of the “murky” evidence for herbalist concerns in the period between Hidra and Theophrastus pp. Booknut rated it really liked it Nov 04, We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. These are classified into two types, “specific” and “non-specific,” depending on whether or not the [supernatural] punishments involved are made explicit.

Very interesting and only a little heavy, though Mzgika wish I knew Greek, it would have been more fulfilling. To do justice to the wealth of material presented and the intriguing new ideas which emerge one would have to write another book.

Eilir Rowan rated it really liked it Jun 14, To give an idea, the cover picture is of a love spell. Chicano Folklore Rafaela G. I actually understand being a book for specialists that there will be the occasional paragraph i cannot decipher because its about minute differences in Greek translation but some of this is just aggravating.

The Getty Hexameters Christopher A. Here coercive elements are absent, and the responsibility for securing revenge for irreparable harm or redress of wrongful action hierra humbly ceded to divinity by the injured parties. Judicial curses are persuasively argued to be attempts to gain an advantage during the actual legal proceedings, rather than “posttrial” exercises in revenge by unsuccessful litigants, as some have argued.

It’s packed full of excellent information and tons of footnotes.