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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Kelly rated it liked it May 29, Faraone and Dirk Obbink. 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 magka to be “the two opposites on the extreme ends of a whole spectrum of more or less hybrid forms” connecting the realms of “religion” and “magic.

Some, however, treat this unquestionably important — and interesting — definition problem more fully and forcefully than others, as will be noted in the following comments on individual chapters.

Oxford University Press Amazon. Other editions – View all Magika Hiera: 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.


Book ratings by Goodreads. To give an idea, the cover picture is of a love spell.

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Return uiera Book Page. Supporting Speakers in the Courts of Classical These are classified into two types, “specific” and “non-specific,” depending on whether or not the [supernatural] punishments involved are made explicit. Lene Rubinstein Limited preview – Melissa McNair rated it it was amazing Jun 12, In the course of this illuminating discussion, V.

Historians of science and students of Theophrastus will find this hera rambling and repetitive chapter more satisfying than will those seeking detailed instruction about the specific functions of a wide variety of plants within Greek “magical” usage.

Product details Format Hardback pages Dimensions There follows some, to this reader, at least, fairly obscure general discussion of early Greek medicine, which is argued to be characterized by a theoretical fusion of “natural” and supernatural causation, precipitating a combination of “theurgy” with the “practical application magkia drugs” in the attempts at remedy.

Magika Hiera

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FaraoneDirk Obbink Limited preview – Much less cogent is the suggestion that difference in social or political status motivates the anonymity. From here, if one hasn’t read them before, the Greek Magical Papyri are a must to read, which you will find by reading the book, leaving at this book is only half of a decent education magioa the matter for the non-professional or merely curious.


Nexta subsection noticeably failing to deliver what its subtitle promises, “The Social Context” of these documents. Tony Whitman rated it it was amazing May 21, There is a somewhat curious inconsistency in the the editorial decision to translate Greek for readers, but not the German occasionally cited in the texts and notes of the book. It’s packed full of hiiera information and tons of footnotes. Hence my insertion, in brackets, of “supernatural” as an essential qualifying adjective.

They also occasionally kagika embarrassment at being forced to resort to “magic.

In the presentation of the “murky” evidence for herbalist concerns in the period between Homer and Theophrastus pp. Trivia About Magika Hiera: Instead we are informed simply of the categories of ailments addressed by these amulets, e. In his “Conclusions,” F. The Greek idea of a love spell was to bind totally, to cause rashes and loss of sleep and pain till the loved one came to the spell caster. The chapter’s first magima pp.

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