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Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians (Naomi Janowitz) Paperback Book, (Routledge, 2001) 9780415202077

Title: Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians

Author: Janowitz, Naomi

Publisher: Routledge/Taylor & Francis; Publication Date: 2001

Paperback; ISBN: 9780415202077

Volumes: 1; Pages: 160

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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. Professor 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.


"This is a lively read that provides an engaging introduction to a complex topic, and its notes and bibliography would provide a good beginning to further study."--Kim Paffenroth, Iona College Religious Studies Reviewn

Table of Contents


List of Abreviations


Chapter One: Greco-Roman, Christian and Jewish concepts of "magic"

Pliny's critique of the magi

The church fathers' views of magic

Rabbinic classification of Magic

Chapter Two: Daimons and angels and the world of exorcism

The rise of angelology and daimonology

Daimons, possession and exorcism

Chapter Three: Ancient rites for gaining lovers

Chapter Four: Using natural forces for divine goal

Maria the Jewess and early alchemy

Chapter Five: Divine power, human hands: becoming gods in the first centuries

The emergence of deification techniques

Deification techniques in early Christian texts

Ascent techniques routinized

Chapter Six:"Even the decent women practice witchcraft": magic and gender in late antiquity

Concluding note: the legacy of the first centuries




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