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Greek and Roman Necromancy

By (author) Daniel Ogden
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Princeton University Press, New Jersey, United States
Published: 21st Jan 2002
Dimensions: w 152mm h 229mm d 28mm
Weight: 657g
ISBN-10: 069100904X
ISBN-13: 9780691009049
Barcode No: 9780691009049
Synopsis
In classical antiquity, there was much interest in necromancy - the consultation of the dead for divination. People could seek knowledge from the dead by sleeping on tombs, visiting oracles, and attempting to reanimate corpses and skulls. Ranging over many of the lands in which Greek and Roman civilizations fluorished, 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. It will be of central importance to those interested in the rapidly expanding, inherently fascinating, and intellectually exciting subjects of ghosts and magic in antiquity.

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"[A] substantial contribution.... Ogden takes on... necromancy... with a huge diachronic sweep and exhaustive trawling of evidence.... [This] book will be indispensable to future scholars." - Peter Green, Times Literary Supplement; "[An] admirably cool and scholarly discussion of necromancy." - Jasper Griffin, New York Review of Books; "Ogden's book... makes it easy for the reader to follow and enjoy the beauty (and sometimes strangeness) of the sources and the accounts of necromancy they provide." - Julia Kindt, International History Review"