Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman

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Magic, miracles, daemonology, divination, astrology, and alchemy have been the arcana mundi, the "secrets of the universe," of the traditional Greeks and Romans. during this path-breaking number of Greek and Roman writings on magic and the occult, Georg good fortune presents a finished sourcebook and creation to magic because it used to be practiced via witches and sorcerers, magi and astrologers, within the Greek and Roman worlds.

In this new edition, good fortune has accumulated and translated one hundred thirty historical texts relationship from the 8th century BCE in the course of the fourth century CE. completely revised, this quantity deals numerous new parts: a accomplished common creation, an epilogue discussing the patience of old magic into the early Christian and Byzantine eras, and an appendix at the use of mind-altering components in occult practices. additionally additional is an in depth word list of Greek and Latin magical terms.

In Arcana Mundi Georg good fortune offers a fascinating—and from time to time startling—alternative imaginative and prescient of the traditional international. "For decades it was once stylish to disregard the darker and, to us, probably, uncomfortable features of way of life in Greece and Rome," success has written. "But we will not idealize the Greeks with their 'artistic genius' and the Romans with their 'sober realism.' Magic and witchcraft, the terror of daemons and ghosts, the desire to control invisible powers—all of this used to be greatly part of their lives."

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Ultimately, it may be a belief in the unlimited powers of the soul. The multitude of powers can, perhaps, be reduced to the notion of power, or mana. The Greek equivalents, found in Hellenistic texts, are dynamis ‘power’, charis ‘grace’, and arete ‘e√ectiveness’. This magical mana is freely available; all it needs is a vessel or a channel, and the true magus is such a medium—even his garments or something he touches can receive and store the mana. In a polytheistic society such as Greece or Rome, it was only natural that the one Power took on the forms and names of many powers—gods, daemons, heroes, disembodied souls—who were willing, or even eager, to work for the magus.

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Vycichl, Coptic Encyclopedia 5 (1991), p. 1508. 50. Petzke, Die Traditionen über Apollonios von Tyana und das Neue Testament, pp. 24√. 51. For new perspectives see J. , 1975). , J. Vidal, in Dictionnaire des religions (Paris, 1984), pp. 993–94. 52. See A. Quattrocchi, Miti, riti, magie e misteri degli Etruschi (Milan, 1992). 53. See the excellent treatment of D. P. 3 (1986), pp. 1909–73. 54. 3 (1986), pp. 2619–27. 55. , col. 2595. 56. On the gold tablet from Dacia, see Horsley, New Documents, 2: no.

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