Daniel Ogden has written one of the most compelling books on magic in the ancient world, with this title. It is a clearly written, compelling and thorough look at range of ways the Greeks and Romans engaged with the spirits of the dead. In pleasing detail, the reader learns about: tombs, hauntings, oracles from the dead, dreams, sorcerers, shamans, orphics, and underworld entrances (four of these last are explored in depth). Though he is an excellen scholar, what makes Ogden an appealing author is his fascination with the 'how' and 'why' of magical practice, making him a great writer for today's occultist readers.
Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2001. 313 pages, paperback.
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