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But at a closer look, dsniel evidence crumbles: Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Feb 17, Moros Heksenmeester rated it it was amazing.

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Books by Daniel Ogden. But as with the tabloids, the reality—in this case the reality of necromancy as “the most powerful form of divination available” xvii —is much more complex, and often different from the one we read about. The term “ghost-magic” would have to be amazingly elastic to embrace all of these acts. If the past twenty years of renewed interest in ancient magic and related topics have taught me anything, it’s that when scholars get pulled into the orbit of these fascinating subjects, methodology can fly out the window on a broomstick, and logic can turn as topsy-turvy as a witches’ sabbath.

For example, considering that the ancients usually imagined Odysseus as sailing west to the land of the dead or perhaps south-west, as the Odyssey itself would suggest, I found that I was skimming through much of it until I got to something I could understand without looking up something else.

Greek and Roman Necromancy

Necromancy’s surprising and utterly unconvincing elevation into a major form of ancient divination is mainly achieved through uncritical positivism and the blurring of categories; often enough, the two work hand in hand. Chapter 4 deals with the oracular sites of Heraclea Pontica and Tainaron.


Derek Newman-Stille rated it it was amazing Feb 23, Thus, it was only a matter of time until Daniel Ogden would chance upon it. And yet, having conceded that we can say nothing whatsoever about the reality, much less the specifics of real practice, of necromancy in antiquity, O.

Ranging over many of the lands in which Greek and Roman civilizations flourished, including Egypt, from the Greek archaic period through the late Roman empire, this book is the first comprehensive survey of the subject ever published in any language. Close mobile search navigation Article navigation.

Rather, to solve this quandary we must simply remember, once more, that we are talking about myth, not reality, and that one of the beauties of myth, especially local myth, is its extraordinary flexibility, its capacity to ignore what it doesn’t wish to acknowledge for the moment, such as alternative versions. It is nigromanciain the medieval spelling, black magic par excellencea heathen thing.

Each of the phenomena that O. This methodologically troubled technique of forcing literary sources to agree both with each other and with what we know of “real life” in antiquity is at play not only in O’s chapter-long analysis of a the Thesprotian nekuomanteion but throughout the book.

Trying to flesh out the scantness of evidence by adding to the mix further information that is at best only marginally relevant only makes the situation worse. Mar 18, Stephanie rated it liked it Recommends it for: The first of its kind and filled with information, this volume will be of central importance to those interested in the rapidly expanding, inherently fascinating, and intellectually exciting subjects of ghosts and magic in antiquity. Because of this there are an awful lot of references on each page and words of the languages to explain.

Paperbackpages. He concludes by examining caniel beliefs about ghosts and their wisdom–beliefs that underpinned and justified the practice of necromancy. Before I started to read the book I was skeptic about a historian investigating daniep topic most people don’t dare to think about.


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View freely available titles: Sign In Forgot password? It’s only in Seneca that we find her invoking the dead, as far as I can recall, and ahd it’s not for purposes of obtaining information but rather to gain the ghosts’ aid in cursing Jason’s new love, as any writer of a curse tablet might.

Ogden explains the technologies used to evocate or ohden the dead and to compel them to disgorge their secrets. This solution apparently rests on the assumption that Medea herself had necromantic connections, but how so? He investigates the cave-based sites of oracles of the dead at Heracleia Pontica and Tainaron, as well as the oracles at the Acheron and Avernus, which probably consisted of lakeside precincts. Don’t have an account? Greek and Roman Necromancy Princeton Paperbacks.

Greeek well-researched resource with a robust bibliography, and well-construed manner of presentation.

A few examples should suffice to prove my point. Not unless you’re serious about necromancy AND classical studies.

All this is fiction, of course, and Ogden agrees. To ask other readers questions about Greek and Roman Necromancyplease sign up.