Friday, April 22, 2011

Greek and Roman Necromancy by Daniel Ogden

In classical antiquity, there was much interest in necromancy- the consultation of the dead for divination. People could seek knowledge from the dead by sleeping on tombs, visiting oracles, and attempting to reanimate corpses and skulls. Ranging over may of the lands in which Greek and Roman civilizations flourished, including Egypt, from the Greek archaic period through the late Roman empire, this book is the first comprehensive survey of the subject ever published in any language. It will be of central importance to those interested in the rapifly expanding, inherently faschinating and intellectually exciting subjects of ghosts and magic in antiquity.

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