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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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The Magus, a legendary magician of superhuman powers, is an archetype central to myth and religion across many cultures. Identifying its anthropological origins in ancient rituals, E. M. Butler goes  Read more...

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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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