Greek and Roman Necromancy

Daniel Ogden
Publishing House: 
Princeton University Press
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The ultimate book for ancient hellenic necromancy describing necromantic practices and techniques from ancient texts. The book is well organized and many things are repeated, so the reader will learn the basics from a single reading.

I read this book three times. It is very interesting. The incidents that the writer has provided to us, are drawn from ancient texts and the presentation of them makes them understandable. Though the writer is not a witch, neither knows Witchcraft, he tries not to interfere his opinion with the facts or the ethics of the ancient world. This maked the reading even more fluent and rapid. The reader will understand the methods, the way of thinking and the ethics of the hellenic society.

I would say that this book is putting necromancy in the right place. It motivated me to search more about this subject from the ancient texts. Another interesting thing is the part of the chthonic Gods and Goddesses in necromancy. Hekate plays Her role in the book, as well as Persephone, Pluto, Hermes, Gaia etc.

Theurgy and Philosophy are two different methods which lead to the union with God.


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