Magic in the Ancient Greek World

Book Details

Author  Derek Collins
Publisher  Wiley-Blackwell
Publication Date   March 17, 2008
ISBN  1405132388
Pages  224

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Original and comprehensive, Magic in the Ancient Greek World takes the reader inside both the social imagination and the ritual reality that made magic possible in ancient Greece.


  • Explores the widespread use of spells, drugs, curse tablets, and figurines, and the practitioners of magic in the ancient world
  • Uncovers how magic worked. Was it down to mere superstition? Did the subject need to believe in order for it to have an effect?
  • Focuses on detailed case studies of individual types of magic
  • Examines the central role of magic in Greek life

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