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Magic, Magi
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I. Ancient Orient

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A. General

The magic of the ancient Orient and of Egypt is based on a view of the world that runs counter to that of religion. In the world-view of magic, men, gods and demons are tied to each other and to the cosmos by sympathies and antipathies, whereas in the religious world view everything is created by the gods for their own purposes; the relations between men and the cosmos are the result of deliberate action…

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Wiggermann, Frans (Amsterdam), Wandrey, Irina (Berlin), Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), Johnston, Sarah Iles (Princeton), Thür, Gerhard (Graz) and Toral-Niehoff, Isabel (Freiburg), “Magic, Magi”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 15 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e716750>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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