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Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome


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List of Illustrations List of Abbreviations Preface and Acknowledgements 1 Introduction 2 The Violence of Amatory Magic 3 Defixiones: A Recent History ---Appendix: Did Defixiones Work? 4 Magic and Herbs 5 Animals in Magic ---Appendix: Amulets 6 Fictional Witches 7 Human Sacrifice in Ancient Magic? Notes Bibliography Index

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A much-needed innovative new survey of ancient magic focusing on the malignant practice of magic rather than focusing on abstract theory

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Lindsay C. Watson is Honorary Associate Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney, Australia. His previous books include Arae: The Curse Poetry of Antiquity (1991), Martial: Select Epigrams (with Patricia Watson, 2003), A Commentary on Horace's Epodes (2003), Juvenal: Satire 6 (with Patricia Watson, 2014) and Martial (in the 'Understanding Classics' series, 2015).


Watson's work is clearly born from great experience and expertise with Classical literature. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review *

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