Magic in the Ancient Greek World

Magic in the Ancient Greek World

Author(s): Derek Collins

Published Online: 16 APR 2008

Print ISBN: 9781405132381

Online ISBN: 9780470696453

DOI: 10.1002/9780470696453

About this Book

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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