Item #69422 Greek and Roman Necromancy. Daniel OGDEN.

Greek and Roman Necromancy.

Princeton and Oxford: Princeton University Press, 2004. First Softcover Edition. Softcover. Large octavo. xxxii + 314ppp, Black covers illustrated in pale grey and titled in red, b&w illustrations, maps, notes, bibliogaphy. A massive work on the subject. From the publisher's descripton: " Ogden surveys the places, performers, and techniques of necromancy as well as the reasons for turning to it. 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. He argues that the Acheron oracle has been long misidentified, and considers in detail the traditions attached to each site. Readers meet the personnel--real or imagined--of ancient necromancy: ghosts, zombies, the earliest vampires, evocators, sorcerers, shamans, Persian magi, Chaldaeans, Egyptians, Roman emperors, and witches from Circe to Medea. Ogden explains the technologies used to evocate or reanimate the dead and to compel them to disgorge their secrets. He concludes by examining ancient beliefs about ghosts and their wisdom--beliefs that underpinned and justified the practice of necromancy. 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." Just a hint of light shelf wear - otherwise a tight bright near Fine copy of an important work. Item #69422
ISBN: 0691119686


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