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Magic and the supernatural in fourth-century Syria

Author: Silke Trzcionka
Publisher: London : Routledge, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Compelling and clear sighted, this book presents new research using both archaeological and literary sources and provides an in-depth investigation into 'ancient magic' practices from curses to exorcism in antique Syria and Palestine.
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Silke Trzcionka
ISBN: 041539242X 9780415392426 9780415392419 0415392411 0203087496 9780203087497
OCLC Number: 76802046
Description: xi, 220 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: The status quaestionis --
Syria and Palestine: a fourth-century background --
Curses for courses: heavy tactics in the hippodrome --
Supernatural sabotage: ensuring a successful livelihood --
Demanding desire: rituals of love and lust --
The apotropaic: protecting good fortune --
Illness and healing: threats and retaliation in a discourse --
Possession and expulsion: experiencing and dispelling --
Conclusion: ambitions, desires, fears and insecurities.
Responsibility: Silke Trzcionka.

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Presents an investigation of a variety of 'magical' practices with a focused study in the late antique Syria and Palestine. This book examines a myriad of magical activities such as: curses, spells  Read more...

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