Start your review of Greek and Roman Necromancy Write a review Shelves: history , classical-study , occult Excellent well-researched resource with a robust bibliography, and well-construed manner of presentation. From a personal perspective, dealing with skia and eidola, as well as all sorts of variety of the dead or shadowside of human and non-human origins on a day to day basis, reading a book on ancient necromancy with my undead yet ethereal companions was a pure pleasure. I would add some personal revelations to the book an answer some questions gladly, but as a whole - with a scholarly flair - that was a wonderful read. This book is extremely granular and sourced. Perhaps the ancients really did converse with the dead, but because we no longer do sacrifice, we no longer can interact with the dead
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Greek and Roman Necromancy – Daniel Ogden
Reviews 1 In classical antiquity, there was much interest in necromancy — the consultation of the dead for divination. People could seek knowledge from the dead by sleeping on tombs, visiting oracles, and attempting to reanimate corpses and skulls. Daniel Ogden surveys the places, performers, and techniques of necromancy as well as the reasons for turning to it. He investigates the cave-based sites of oracles of the dead at Heracleia Pontica and Tainaron, as well as the oracles at the Acheron and Avernus, which probably consisted of lakeside precincts. He argues that the Acheron oracle has been long misidentified, and considers in detail the traditions attached to each site. Readers meet the personnel — real or imagined — of ancient necromancy: ghosts, zombies, the earliest vampires, evocators, sorcerers, shamans, Persian magi, Chaldaeans, Egyptians, Roman emperors, and witches from Circe to Medea. Ogden explains the technologies used to evocate or reanimate the dead and to compel them to disgorge their secrets.
It is nigromancia, in the medieval spelling, black magic par excellence, a heathen thing. Thus, it was only a matter of time until Daniel Ogden would chance upon it. After all, he is the author of books on Bastardy and Crooked Kings , and of a juicy account of the Hellenistic royals Polygamy, Prostitutes, and Death, With such an unashamed tabloid take on antiquity, how could he resist this long? But as with the tabloids, the reality--in this case the reality of necromancy as "the most powerful form of divination available" xvii --is much more complex, and often different from the one we read about. In classical antiquity, there was much interest in necromancy--the consultation of the dead for divination. People could seek knowledge from the dead by sleeping on tombs, visiting oracles, and attempting to reanimate corpses and skulls.