Behind the crystal ball: magic, science, and the occult from antiquity through the New Age

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Times Books, 1996 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 406 pages
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times to the present, magic and science have always been intertwined. In this fascinating book, astronomer/anthropologist Anthony Aveni conducts a whirlwind tour of occult practices--from astrology, alchemy, and phrenology to psychokinesis, crystals, and channeling--and finds that many of magic's ancient rites have been revived and reexamined in the New Age.

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If you enjoyed Joseph Campbell's Hero with a Thousand Faces (Princeton Univ., 1989), you'll probably like Aveni's new work. Aveni (astronomy and anthropology, Colgate Univ.), who has appeared in ... Read full review

Contents

MAGIC IN ANTIQUITY
15
The Greek Paradox Magic Confronts Science
24
Magic in the Roman Empire
42
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About the author (1996)

Anthony Aveni is the Russell B. Colgate Professor of Astronomy and Anthropology at Colgate University and the author of several books, including Empires of Time and Conversing with the Planets.

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