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Greek Magic

Author: John Petropoulos
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134459246
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Magic has always been a widespread phenomenon in Greek Society, starting from Homer’s Circe (the first ‘evil witch’ in western history) and extending to the pervasive belief in the ‘evil eye’ in the twenty-first century Greece. Indeed, magic is probably the most ancient and durable among social and religious phenomena known to classical and other scholars, and it can be traced over a span of some three millennia in sources in the Greek language as well as in an impressive range of visual and other media. For instance, curse tablets from fourth-century B.C. Athens, the medico-magical gems of late antiquity, early Christian amulets, and various exorcism prayers from the medieval and later periods. Organised chronologically, the intriguing panorama offered by this book guides the reader through the ancient, medieval, modern and even contemporary periods, highlighting the traditions, ideologies and methods of magic in each period of Greek history. It brings together the latest insights from a range of experts from various disciplines: classicists, art historians, archaeologists, legal historians and social anthropologists amongst others.

An Introduction To The New Testament

Author: Charles B. Puskas
Publisher: Casemate Publishers
ISBN: 0718892658
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This second edition of An introduction to the New Testament provides readers with pertinent material and a helpful framework that will guide them in their understanding of the New Testament texts. Many new and diverse cultural, historical, social-scientific, sociorhetorical, narrative, textual, and contextual studies have been examined since the publication of the first edition, which was in print for twenty years. The authors retain the original tripartite arrangement on 1) The world of the New Testament, 2) Interpreting the New Testament, and 3) Jesus and early Christianity. An appropriate book for anyone who seeks to better understand what is involved in the exegesis of New Testaments texts today.

Beware The Evil Eye Volume 4

Author: John H. Elliott
Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers
ISBN: 1498230725
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This first full-scale study of the Evil Eye in the Bible and the biblical communities has traced in four volumes evidence of Evil Eye belief and practice in the ancient world from Mesopotamia (c. 3000 BCE) to Late Roman Antiquity (c. 600 CE). The fourth and final volume considers the literary and material evidence of the unabated thriving of Evil Eye belief and practice in Israel following the destruction of the Jerusalem temple in 70 CE (chapter 1) and in early Christianity (chapter 2) through Late Antiquity (500-600 CE), with a brief reference to Evil Eye lore in early Islam. Numerous cross-references relate the subject matter of this volume to that of the previous three. A concluding Epilogue (chapter 3) offers some final thoughts on this survey of Evil Eye belief and practice in antiquity and their role in conceptualizing and combatting the pernicious forces of evil in daily life. Beside presenting the first full-scale monograph on the Evil Eye in the Bible and the biblical communities (volumes 3 and 4), the volumes summarize a century of research since the milestone two-volume study of Siegfried Seligmann, Der bose Blick und Verwandtes (1910), and they describe the ecological, historical, social, and cultural contexts within which the biblical texts are best understood. Throughout the study, the Evil Eye in antiquity is treated not as an instance of vulgar superstition or deluded magic, but as a physiological, psychological, and moral phenomenon whose operation was deemed explicable on rational grounds.

Consumerism In The Ancient World

Author: Justin St. P. Walsh
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317812832
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Greek pottery was exported around the ancient world in vast quantities over a period of several centuries. This book focuses on the Greek pottery consumed by people in the western Mediterranean and trans-Alpine Europe from 800-300 BCE, attempting to understand the distribution of vases, and particularly the reasons why people who were not Greek decided to acquire them. This new approach includes discussion of the ways in which objects take on different meanings in new contexts, the linkages between the consumption of goods and identity construction, and the utility of objects for signaling positive information about their owners to their community. The study includes a database of almost 24,000 artifacts from more than 230 sites in Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, and Germany. This data was mapped and analyzed using geostatistical techniques to reveal different patterns of consumption in different places and at different times. The development of the new approaches explored in this book has resulted in a shift away from reliance on the preserved fragments of ancient Greek authors’ descriptions of western Europe, remains of monumental buildings, and major artworks, and toward investigation of social life and more prosaic forms of material culture.

Das Antike Kreta

Author: Angelos Chaniotis
Publisher: C.H.Beck
ISBN: 3406673295
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Der Gründungsmythos unseres Kontinents ist unauflöslich mit der sagenumwobenen griechischen Insel Kreta verbunden: In Gestalt eines weißen Stiers entführt der verliebte Göttervater Zeus die phönizische Königstochter Europa über das Meer und setzt sie erst wieder an der Küste Kretas ab. Sie gebiert ihm drei Söhne – Minos, Rhadamanthys und Sarpedon –, die ihrerseits als bedeutende Gestalten der griechischen Mythologie auftreten. Vom Namen des Minos, der als König auf Kreta herrscht, leitet sich jener der minoischen Hochkultur ab (3000–1450 n. Chr.), deren reiches archäologisches Erbe noch heute auf Kreta zu bewundern ist. Die Paläste der Minoer werden schließlich von mykenischen Griechen eingenommen. Doch auch ihre Herrschaft versinkt gegen Ende des 2. Jt. n. Chr. in schriftloses Dunkel, ehe sich seit dem 8. Jh. n. Chr. eine neue Kultur in einer Vielzahl von Gemeinden mit differenzierter Gesellschaftsstruktur und bald auch einem entwickelten Rechtswesen herausbildet. Auch wenn die Vorherrschaft einzelner Städte auf Kreta in den folgenden Jahrhunderten mehrfach wechselt und schließlich die Insel unter den Römern – nicht zum ersten und auch nicht zum letzten Mal – zum Objekt einer Fremdherrschaft wird, so bleibt sie doch stets ein bedeutender Faktor der antiken Welt. Kretas wechselvolle Ereignisgeschichte und seine kulturgeschichtliche Vielfalt läßt Angelos Chaniotis in diesem Buch wieder lebendig werden.

Kommentar Zu Den Simonideischen Versinschriften

Author: Andrej Petrovic
Publisher: BRILL
ISBN: 9004151532
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The commentary is concerned with 15 verse inscriptions, the composition of which was probably commissioned from Simonides. The commentaries on the individual inscriptions, taking their historical, literary, and architectural contexts into consideration, follow the discussion of the archaic and classical epigrams in the first part of the book.