Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World (Paperback)
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Short Description for Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World This study assembles the evidence for the existence of sorcerers in the ancient world. It also addresses the question of their identity and social origins.
- Published: 01 March 2003
- Format: Paperback 392 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780415311298 ISBN 10: 0415311292
- Sales rank: 629,690
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This study is the first to assemble the evidence for the existence of sorcerors in the ancient world; it also addresses the question of their identity and social origins. The resulting investigation takes us to the underside of Greek and Roman society, into a world of wandering holy men and women, conjurors and wonder-workers, and into the lives of prostitutes, procuresses, charioteers and theatrical performers. This fascinating reconstruction of the careers of witches and sorcerors allows us to see into previously inaccessible areas of Greco-Roman life. Compelling for both its detail and clarity, and with an extraordinarily revealing breadth of evidence employed, it will be an essential resource for anyone studying ancient magic.