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Drawing Down the Moon: Magic in the Ancient Greco-Roman World

Radcliffe G. Edmonds III


What did magic mean to the people of ancient Greece and Rome? How did Greeks and Romans not only imagine what magic could do, but also use it to try to influence the world around them? This book provides the most comprehensive account of the varieties of phenomena labeled as magic in classical antiquity. Exploring why certain practices, images, and ideas were labeled as “magic” and set apart from “normal” kinds of practices, the book gives insight into the shifting ideas of religion and the divine in the ancient past and in the later Western tradition. Using fresh approaches to the history of ... More

Keywords: magic, classical antiquity, witches, ghosts, demons, metamorphosis, erotic attraction, prayer, divination, astrology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780691156934
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691156934.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Radcliffe G. Edmonds III, author
Bryn Mawr College