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An international team of scholars from different academic disciplines address some of the most important issues, texts, and objects in the study of ancient magic. The volume is divided into three primary sections. The first part offers new approaches to some of the major theoretical and methodological questions in the study of ancient magic. Most importantly, the authors offer a defense of the term "magic" as a scholarly rubric in the study of antiquity. The contributors to the second part provide novel interpretations of some of the most significant defixiones, amulets, recipes and rituals from the ancient world. The essays also engage with questions of gender, materiality, visuality, and scribal practice. The final section examines the transmission of magical practice, both in antiquity and in later periods. Accordingly, the chapters in this final section allow scholars to approach the study of magic over the longue durée. By placing into dialogue the interests, concerns, and methods of scholars from diverse academic fields, this volume provides an interdisciplinary perspective to the study of premodern magic.

"[D]iese Publikation [bietet] [...] ausgesprochen wegweisende und innovative Impulse nicht nur für die weitere Erforschung antiker Magie, sondern auch für angrenzende Forschungsfelder."

Jörg Erdtmann, Clio-online 2022

"A very useful book which will appeal to a wide audience of students and specialists alike."

Elaine C. Sanderson, BMCR 2021.09.37
Series Potsdamer altertumswissenschaftliche Beiträge
Volume 74
ISBN 978-3-515-12796-7
Media type Book - Hardcover
Edition number 1.
Copyright year 2020
Publisher Franz Steiner Verlag
Length 451 pages
Illustrations 53 b/w figs.
Size 17.0 x 24.0 cm
Language English