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By J.N. Bremmer, J.R. Veenstra

Deities, demons, and angels turned very important protagonists within the magic of the overdue old global, and have been additionally the most purposes for the condemnation of magic within the Christian period. Supplicatory incantations, rituals of coercion, engaging suffumigations, magical prayers and mystical songs drew religious powers to the humain area. subsequent to the magician's wish to keep an eye on destiny and fortune, it used to be the communion with the spirit international that gave magic the aptitude to purify or even deify its practitioners. The feel of elation and the notice of a metaphysical order brought on magic to merge with philosophy (notably Neoplatonism). The background of past due old theurgy will be handed directly to the Arab international, and including classical technology and studying might take root back within the Latin West within the excessive center a while. The metamorphosis of magic specified by this publication is the transformation of formality into occult philosophy opposed to the history of cultural alterations in Judaism, Graeco-Roman faith and Christianity. quantity, the 1st within the new sequence Groningen reviews in Cultural switch, deals the papers offered on the workshop The Metamorphosis of Magic from past due Antiquity to the Early smooth interval held from 22 to 24 June 2000, and organised by means of Jan N. Bremmer and Jan R. Veenstra. The papers were written through students from such various disciplines as classics, theology, philosophy, cultural heritage, and legislations. Their contributions shed new gentle upon numerous outdated obscurities; they express magic to be an important quarter of tradition, they usually develop the case for viewing ameliorations within the lore and perform of magic as a barometer with which to degree cultural swap (Peeters 2002)

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