Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians

1st Edition

Naomi Janowitz

Routledge
Published June 21, 2001
Reference - 160 Pages
ISBN 9780415202077 - CAT# RU19030
Series: Religion in the First Christian Centuries

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Summary

Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Naomi Janowitz shows that 'magical' activities were integral to late antique religious practice, and that they must be understood from the perspective of those who employed them.

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