Ancient Magic and Ritual Power by Marvin W. Meyer, Paul Allan Mirecki

By Marvin W. Meyer, Paul Allan Mirecki

This quantity incorporates a sequence of provocative essays that discover expressions of magic and formality energy within the historic international. The essays are authored by way of top students within the fields of Egyptology, historic close to japanese stories, the Hebrew Bible, Judaica, classical Greek and Roman experiences, early Christianity and patristics, and Coptology. through the booklet the essays research the phrases hired in descriptions of historical magic. From this exam comes a rationalization of magic as a polemical time period of exclusion but additionally an realizing of the classical Egyptian and early Greek conceptions of magic as a extra impartial class of inclusion. This publication should still turn out to be foundational for destiny scholarly reviews of old magic and formality strength. This booklet has additionally been released in hardback (no longer available).

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Obviously, the Frazerian categories are not simply ethnocentrie, they are so in very fundamental ways. 32 * * * Before becoming our modern term "magic," Greek mageia and magos had to become Latin magia and magus—terms which occur relatively late and at the same moment when consciousness of and reflection about magic as something essentially different sets in. 34 In Republican Rome, as in Archaic Greece, magic was never thought as something special and radically different from religion or medicine.

2) The opposition to magic has nothing to do with civic religion. It is not the polis which opposes the magoi, it is on the contrary a debate among marginals. Philosophers and physicians are barely less marginal towards the polis than itinerant priests: philosophers and physicians have their own associations, and philosophical theology is different and often at odds with civic theology. The towns can oppose magic, as the Menon passage demonstrates, but this opposition concerns only the damage done, never the entire complex of mageia which philosophers and physicians attacked.

2873-79: For doing good, offer storax, myrrh, sage, frankincense, a fruit pit. 91-96, 373-75, 646-51). The other ritual implements mentioned introduce another important and highly characteristic element. They are not only highly portable, but appear to be miniaturized. The table, the throne, the tripod, and the censer seem, themselves, to be small and to hold relatively small objects. The sacrificial altar—most often constructed of two or more (unbaked) bricks, but never more than seven—seems especially so.

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