Daniel Ogden
Greek and Roman Necromancy
July 01, 2019 Comments.. 840
Greek and Roman Necromancy 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 attempti

  • Title: Greek and Roman Necromancy
  • Author: Daniel Ogden
  • ISBN: 9780691119687
  • Page: 351
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 many of the lands in which Greek and Roman civilizations flourished, including Egypt, from the Greek archaic period throughIn 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 many 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.Daniel Ogden surveys the places, performers, and techniques of necromancy as well as the reasons for turning to it He investigates the cave based sites of oracles of the dead at Heracleia Pontica and Tainaron, as well as the oracles at the Acheron and Avernus, which probably consisted of lakeside precincts He argues that the Acheron oracle has been long misidentified, and considers in detail the traditions attached to each site Readers meet the personnel real or imagined of ancient necromancy ghosts, zombies, the earliest vampires, evocators, sorcerers, shamans, Persian magi, Chaldaeans, Egyptians, Roman emperors, and witches from Circe to Medea Ogden explains the technologies used to evocate or reanimate the dead and to compel them to disgorge their secrets He concludes by examining ancient beliefs about ghosts and their wisdom beliefs that underpinned and justified the practice of necromancy.The first of its kind and filled with information, this volume will be of central importance to those interested in the rapidly expanding, inherently fascinating, and intellectually exciting subjects of ghosts and magic in antiquity.

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    1. Stephanie says:

      I'd like to give this one more stars because it's choked full of interesting information. BUT, it is not for the layman. Unless you are a graduate student of classical studies, this is a SLOG to get through. I had to have another history book open just to get through the introduction. I found that I was skimming through much of it until I got to something I could understand without looking up something else. On the plus side, it is endlessly fascinating how ancient cultures viewed death and soug [...]

    2. Vucji says:

      Excellent well-researched resource with a robust bibliography, and well-construed manner of presentation. From a personal perspective, dealing with skia and eidola, as well as all sorts of variety of the dead (or shadowside) of human and non-human origins on a day to day basis, reading a book on ancient necromancy with my undead yet ethereal companions was a pure pleasure. I've read it both as an informative academic study, and gathered some hints for practice - prepared my own Melikraton for th [...]

    3. Moros Heksenmeester says:

      Before I started to read the book I was skeptic about a historian investigating a topic most people don't dare to think about. After reading the book I'm rethinking some personal experiences from my own life. The title says Greek and Roman but the focus is on the Greek necromancers with their rituals, and the influences that came with the interaction between Romans, Egyptians and Persians. The information was gathered by comparing written history, unwritten history, poems and science-fiction of [...]

    4. Dagny says:

      Largely for historians/academics, but skipping a few chapters I found some really fascinating information about how the ancient Greeks and Romans concieved of death. The author has a knack for making such a dynamic topic as death, the underworld and living practioners of death-divining seem dry at times. However, his methodology is excellent, and luckily the juiciness of the subject matter tends to compensate for his occasional dullness. As someone who's not a scholar but with a keen interest in [...]

    5. Joseph Kavajecz says:

      Excellent reference in term of actual content.

    6. Amanda says:

      I read this book for my undergraduate senior thesis and it was incredibly helpful. Ogden knows his stuff.

    7. Mau says:

      And excellent, informative and sometimes grisly account of the practices of Necromancy during the Greek and Roman religious period.

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