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Arcana Mundi: Magic and the Occult in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Collection of Ancient Texts Paperback – April 3, 2006
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"This lengthy volume contains wide-ranging samples of material from literature, philosophy, and real-life practitioners of magic... There is immense food for thought here in many aspects of the field."(American Journal of Philology)
"A 'must' for mythology courses and the classical civilization curriculum!"(Classical Outlook)
"An excellent work. It will rapidly and deservedly become one of the standard works on magic and the occult in the Greek and Roman worlds."(Ancient Philosophy)
"An excellent translation of ancient texts on the subject, but it's a lot more than that. It's a glimpse into the minds of the everyday people of the times and what made them turn, what made them stop, what made them look over their shoulders."(Courier-Gazette, Rockland, Maine)
"An indispensable guide."(Bradford Lee Eden Classical Bulletin)
"No one currently at work in ancient magic or related fields can remotely compare with Luck for the breadth and profundity of his knowledge of the literary texts... or for the humility and lightness of touch with which he conveys his scholarship."(Daniel Ogden Magic, Ritual, and Witchcraft)
"A hugely important achievement."(Daniel Ogden, author of Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds)
About the Author
Georg Luck is professor emeritus in the Department of Classics at the Johns Hopkins University. He has served as editor of American Journal of Philology and is the author of The Latin Love Elegy (Methuen, 1969) and others.
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The analysis could be better in places, but this is first and foremost a collection of ancient texts, not a treatise on the topic. Therefore, my advice to most readers is treat the analysis with a fair bit of skepticism but pay close attention to the content of the source material.
This book points to that fact, while revealing "secrets" compiled from Classical and historical sources.
If these subjects are of interest to you and you are simply looking for a book to inform, this will do quite well. While it's information is central and clearly stated it also gives you the avenues to pursue further study of certain topics. It's full of factual, organized and interesting details pertaining to all matters of ancient magic, occult and religion.
I recommend this to any classicist, researcher, historian or general knowledge seeker!