By Daniel Ogden
In classical antiquity, there has been a lot curiosity in necromancy--the session of the lifeless for divination. humans might search wisdom from the useless by means of slumbering on tombs, traveling oracles, and trying to reanimate corpses and skulls. Ranging over a few of the lands during which Greek and Roman civilizations flourished, together with Egypt, from the Greek archaic interval in the course of the overdue Roman empire, this publication is the 1st entire survey of the topic ever released in any language.
Daniel Ogden surveys the areas, performers, and methods of necromancy in addition to the explanations for turning to it. He investigates the cave-based websites of oracles of the lifeless at Heracleia Pontica and Tainaron, in addition to the oracles on the Acheron and Avernus, which most likely consisted of lakeside precincts. He argues that the Acheron oracle has been lengthy misidentified, and considers intimately the traditions connected to every web site. Readers meet the personnel--real or imagined--of old necromancy: ghosts, zombies, the earliest vampires, evocators, sorcerers, shamans, Persian magi, Chaldaeans, Egyptians, Roman emperors, and witches from Circe to Medea. Ogden explains the applied sciences used to evocate or reanimate the lifeless and to compel them to disgorge their secrets and techniques. He concludes by means of analyzing historical ideals approximately ghosts and their wisdom--beliefs that underpinned and justified the perform of necromancy.
The first of its type and choked with info, this quantity may be of vital significance to these attracted to the quickly increasing, inherently interesting, and intellectually intriguing topics of ghosts and magic in antiquity.