The Sorcery and Divination of Classical Antiquity
Marcus Valerius Martialis, or Martial (born between 38 and 41 CE, died between 102 and 104 CE) is celebrated for his droll, frequently salacious, portrayal of Roman high and low society during the first century rule of the emperors Domitian, Nerva...
Watson offers an insightful contribution, one that incorporates valuable introductory overviews of certain topics, while also augmenting specialist study of ancient Greco-Roman magic. * The Classical Outlook * Watson's work is clearly born from great experience and expertise with Classical literature. * Bryn Mawr Classical Review * [Watson] shows a commendable command of the sources and independence of mind. Provided that one accepts a wider definition of magic, there is a great deal to learn from this book, which will be particularly useful to expert readers who are already familiar with the topic. * The Classical Review * Watson's book is undoubtedly a valuable contribution towards our understanding of ancient magic that perfectly complements previous publications on that subject. * Electrum: Journal of Ancient History *
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).
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