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Ancient Greek Love Magic

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$39.00 • £33.95 • €35.95

ISBN 9780674006966

Publication Date: 10/30/2001

Academic Trade

240 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

5 tables


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  • Preface
  • 1. Introduction
    • 1.1 The Ubiquity of Love Magic
    • 1.2 Definitions and a New Taxonomy
    • 1.3 The Advantages of a Synchronic and Comparative Approach
  • 2. Spells for Inducing Uncontrollable Passion (Erōs)
    • 2.1 If Erōs Is a Disease, Then Erotic Magic Is a Curse
    • 2.2 Jason’s Iunx and the Greek Tradition of Agōgē Spells
    • 2.3 Apples for Atalanta and Pomegranates for Persephone
    • 2.4 The Transitory Violence of Greek Weddings and Erotic Magic
  • 3. Spells for Inducing Affection (Philia)
    • 3.1 Aphrodite’s Kestos Himas and Other Amuletic Love Charms
    • 3.2 Deianeira’s Mistake: The Confusion of Love Potions and Poisons
    • 3.3 Narcotics and Knotted Cords: The Subversive Cast of Philia Magic
  • 4. Some Final Thoughts on History, Gender, and Desire
    • 4.1 From Aphrodite to the Restless Dead: A Brief History of the Agōgē Spell
    • 4.2 Courtesans, Freedmen, and the Social Construction of Gender
    • 4.3 Aelian’s Tortoises and the Representation of the Desiring Subject
  • Glossary
  • Abbreviations
  • Bibliography
  • Subject Index
  • Index of Foreign Words
  • Index of Passages from Ancient Authors
  • Index of Magical Texts

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