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The myth of the Magus

Author: E M Butler
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1948
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Legends of the Magus are explored and compared with the historical record in this fascinating account, first published in 1948, of one of the major figures in religious and occult mythology.

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: E M Butler
ISBN: 0521437776 9780521437776
OCLC Number: 59891175
Description: xiv, 281 pages : illustrations, 1 facsimile, portraits ; 22 cm
Contents: List of illustrations; Preface; Introduction: Origins (a) The Ritual Hero, (b) The Professional Practitioner Part I. The Golden Age: 1. The Wise Men of the East (a) The Magi, (b) Zoroaster; 2. Hebrew Holy Men (a) Moses, (b) Solomon; 3. The Sages of Greece (a) Pythagoras (b) Apollonius of Tyana; 4. The Downfall of the Magus (a) Christ, (b) Simon Magus Part II. The Dark Ages: 1. Under the Christian Cloud (a) Cyprian, (b) Theophilus, (c) Gerbert; 2. Post-Pagan Shades (a) Virgil, (b) Merlin; 3. Beneath a Black Sun (a) Zyto, (b) Joan and Gilles, (c) Doctor Faust, (d) Friar Bacon; 4. In the Light of Common Day (a) Dee and Kelley (b) Gauffridi and Grandier; Part III. Return of the Magi: 1. Aristeas Redivivus; 2. The Man of Mystery; 3. The Grand Copht; 4. Madame and the Masters; 5. The 'Holy Devil'; Conclusion; Bibliography; Index.
Responsibility: by E.M. Butler.

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