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Ancient Pathways and Hidden Pursuits: Religion, Morals and Magic in the Ancient World

Luck, Georg

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ISBN 10: 0472107909 / ISBN 13: 9780472107902
Published by The University of Michigan Press, 1999
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Collected essays by the classicist Georg Luck, author of Arcana Mundi, dealing with various aspects of Greco-Roman life and thought, especially religious beliefs and occult practices. Footnotes. Four Indices: Greek Words, Latin Words, Ancient Texts & Passages, Names & Subjects. xii, 314 pp. Fine Hardcover in full blue cloth w/ Fine dj. Bookseller Inventory # 1180

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Title: Ancient Pathways and Hidden Pursuits: ...

Publisher: The University of Michigan Press

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Edition: 1st Edition

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Among the most thoughtful students of the ancient world, Georg Luck has offered subtle and nuanced interpretations of a broad range of classical subjects. Ancient Pathways, Hidden Pursuits brings together the best of Georg Luck's many papers and articles on Graeco-Roman life and thought in the realm of religious beliefs, occult practices, psychology, and morals. The collection complements Luck's Arcana Mundi, an introduction to magic and the occult in antiquity, which has been published in several languages.
The present volume includes the author's thoughts on Greek and Roman religions, early Christianity, Greek and Roman psychology and morals, and magic and the occult. Luck's main findings explore generally neglected areas of ancient civilization, locating magic and philosophy with religion as vehicles for moral and psychological guidance. Throughout this study, one finds meaning in "superstitious" and conflicting patterns of behavior and learns much about the nature of the human soul. This collection will serve as a valuable reference for those interested in the driving motivations of ancient man.
"The topics of the individual articles in this volume are very central and of great humanistic appeal, and they indeed form a thematic unity concerning man and religion in Greek and Roman society." --Ludwig Koenen, Herbert C. Youtie Distinguished University Professor of Papyrology, University of Michigan
Georg Luck is Professor of Classics, emeritus, The Johns Hopkins University.

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