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Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians (Religion in the First Christian Centuries)

 
 
 
 
Magic in the Roman World: Pagans, Jews and Christians (Religion in the First Christian Centuries)
Author: Naomi Janowitz
ISBN 13: 9780415202077
ISBN 10: 415202078
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2001-07-27
Format: Paperback
Pages: 160
List Price: $45.95
 
 

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.