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Daughters of Hecate: Women And Magic In The Ancient World Paperback – 3 Nov 2014

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  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (3 Nov. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195342712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195342710
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 3.6 x 15.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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This impressive collection challenges the seemingly common-sense association between women and magic. Drawing on literary and material evidence from across the ancient Mediterranean world, it powerfully demonstrates that the gendering of magic is neither natural nor universal, but is conditioned by the dynamics of local conflict and given form by historically specific taxonomies of knowledge. (Ra'anan Boustan, author of From Martyr to Mystic)

About the Author

Kimberly B. Stratton is an associate professor in the College of Humanities at Carleton University. She holds a B.A. in English and Religion from Barnard College, an M.T.S. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in the history of religions in late antiquity from Columbia University. She has also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research covers the fields of early Christianity, rabbinic Judaism, and Greco-Roman religion, focusing on the dynamics of identity formation, discourse, and social construction at the intersection of those ancient cultures. Dayna S. Kalleres is an associate professor in the Program for the Study of Religion and the Department of Literature at the University of California, San Diego. She did her Ph.D. in program for the History of Early Christianity at Brown University; prior to that, she received a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Classics at Indiana University. Her research covers the fields of Greco-Roman Religions and Early to late antique Christianities; her focal interests include magic and religion, ritual studies, demonology and the urban sphere.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Title is misleading. This is less of a history ... 15 Sept. 2016
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Title is misleading. This is less of a history on the topic and more of a disjointed and somewhat duplicative collection of academic papers to dispel previous gender and witchcraft perspectives and surveys. Very comprehensive but purely academic.
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