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Magical Practice in the Latin West

by Gordon, Richard L., Simon, Marco

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Papers from the International Conference held at the University of Zaragoza, 30 Sept. – 1st Oct. 2005. Edited by Richard L. Gordon and Francisco Marco Simón How different was the practice of magic in the Latin West from that of the eastern Mediterranean basin? Was it just derivative from Greek practice, or did it have its own originality? The recent discovery of important new curse-tablets in Mainz and in the Fountain of Anna Perenna at Rome has made the question newly topical. This volume contains the first commented editions in English of most of these new texts as well as major surveys of new prayers for justice. Other sections are devoted to the discourse of magic in the West, to the linguistics and aims of cursing, and to the major field of protective and eudaemonic magic up to and including the Visigothic slates and the Celtic loricae. The essays are by well-known scholars in the field as well as by established and younger Spanish scholars. BRILL 2009, 704pp., searchable pdf.




Magic, Ancient, Science

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