Magic and Divination in the Ancient World

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Leda Jean Ciraolo, Jonathan Lee Seidel
BRILL, Jan 1, 2002 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 152 pages
This collection of essays focuses on divination across the Ancient World from early Mesopotamia to late antiquity. The authors deal with the forms, theory and poetics of this important and still poorly understood ancient phenomenon.

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Soul Emplacements in Ancient Mesopotamian Funerary Rituals
Stories of Divinatory Interpretation
Delineating Political Location
Hittite Oracles
Coffin Text 103 in Context
Necromancy in Ancient Egypt
Necromantic Praxis in the Midrash on the Seance at En Dor
Under Homers Spell
Magic and Literary Theory in Late Antiquity
Persons of Power and their Communities
Index of Sources

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About the author (2002)

Leda Jean Ciraolo received her doctorate in Ancient History and Mediterranean Archaeology from the University of California at Berkeley in 1992, specializing in Ancient Religions. In 1994 Dr. Ciraolo shifted her focus to the business world, creating The Written Word TM to provide assistance with all phases of writing, editing and publishing.
Jonathan Seidel received his doctorate from UC Berkeley (1996) with a dissertation on Jewish magic in the Dept. of Near Eastern Studies. He has taught Judaic Studies at Stanford, Santa Cruz, Davis, and Arizona and has published studies in Jewish folklore, history, rabbinics and mysticism. Dr. Seidel works as Assistant Spiritual Leader of Temple Beth Israel in Eugene, Oregon. His new writing project is a study of magic and medicine in Jewish history and culture.