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Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Naomi Janowitz shows that 'magical' activities were integral to late antique religious practice, and that they must be understood from the perspective of those who employed them.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415202077
ISBN-10: 0415202078
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 12mm)
Pages: 160
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Naomi Janowitz

Naomi Janowitz is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at the University of California-Davis. She is the author of Poetics of Ascent (1989) and numerous articles on the religions of late antiquity.

Books By Author Naomi Janowitz

Magic in the Roman World by Naomi Janowitz

Magic in the Roman World

Hardback, June 2001
$180.00