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Magic, Curses and Healing

Gregory, AD; (2016) Magic, Curses and Healing. In: A Companion to Science, Technology, and Medicine in Ancient Greece and Rome, (Two Volumes). (pp. 418-434). Wiley: Malden, MA, USA. Green open access

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Abstract

Magic and curses played a strong role in Greek popular culture. As I shall explain below, many Greeks believed themselves to live in an “extended world” where it was possible to have relations with both the living and the dead by magical means. Diseases could be caused by the gods or magical means and were susceptible to magical treatment. On one view this belief in magic was dispelled by the Presocratic philosophers, though, as we shall see, matters were not quite so straightforward. Here we shall clarify the nature and context of Greek and Roman magic and explore some of the issues involved in its study.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Magic, Curses and Healing
ISBN: 1118372670
ISBN-13: 9781118372678
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1002/9781118373057.ch1
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1002/9781118373057.ch1
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Dept of Science and Technology Studies
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1478228
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