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Necromancy
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Divination technique, a form of symbolic communication with the dead outside the cult of the dead proper. Greek νέκυια/nékyia, νεκυομαντεία/nekyomanteía (borrowed into Latin) described the necromancy ritual and is the title of literary and visual representations (Plin. HN 35,132; Gell. NA 16,7,12; 20,6,6; Plut. Mor. 740e-f; Lucian. Menippus). There are hints of necromancy rituals in the so-called Magical Papyri (PGM VII 285; III 278; IV 222; 3rd or 4th cents. AD). The most detailed sources from ancient Greece and Italy, however, are myth…

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Haase, Mareile (Toronto), “Necromancy”, 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 14 August 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1217720>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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