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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In general, then, though this chapter contains some information of considerable intrinsic interest, the discussion is somewhat diffuse, symptomatic, perhaps, of an effort to include too many facets of the argument developed within the more expansive framework of the author’s doctoral dissertation on this subject.

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XX]and introduces the gold and silver lamellae studied in K. In the course of this illuminating discussion, V. Sara rated it it was amazing Jan 16, That’s not the book’s fault. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. It’s a Hellenion library book and someone has requested to borrow it, so I’m putting it down and sending it out. Other editions – View all Magika Hiera: An aside, if you are looking for a validation to a neopagan feminist revisionism idea of history, this will crush it.

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Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion

Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C. Refresh and try again. Booknut rated it really liked it Nov 04, The attempt to “legitimize” the appeal for supernatural retaliation by reference to wrong done is reaffirmed as “the essential criterion” for differentiating true judicial prayer from true defixio, and both are claimed to be “the two opposites on the extreme ends mwgika a whole spectrum of more or less hybrid forms” connecting the realms of “religion” and “magic.

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

Hence my insertion, in brackets, of “supernatural” as an essential qualifying adjective. The Once and Future King rated it it was amazing Oct 14, FaraoneDirk Obbink Limited preview – To purchase, visit your preferred ebook provider. The discussion of the spear ritual associated with some of S. hhiera

Contributors include Christopher A. The chapter’s first section pp. Winkler, Hans Dieter Betz, and C.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. That’s exactly what I’d keep it for if I were buying it for myself- a reference resource, and perhaps occasionally one of the essays when I’m in a particularly erudite mood.

The appeals for redress cited by V. Here, as on other uncertainties, V. Description This well-researched and inspiring collection of ten essays by leading American and European scholars challenges the tendency among scholars of Greek religion to ignore what have traditionally been called “magical” practices in ancient Greece.

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.