Byzantine Magic (Paperback)

By Henry Maguire (Editor), Matthew W. Dickie (Contribution by), James Russell (Contribution by)

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection, 9780884023401, 187pp.

Publication Date: March 1, 2009

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Description

Written by specialists in several disciplines, this volume explores the parameters and significance of magic in Byzantine society, from the fourth century to after the empire's fall. The authors address a wide variety of questions, some of which are common to all historical research into magic, and some of which are peculiar to the Byzantine context.

The authors reveal the scope, the forms, and the functioning of magic in Byzantine society, throwing light on a hitherto relatively little-known aspect of Byzantine culture, and, at the same time, expanding upon the contemporary debates concerning magic and its roles in pre-modern societies.