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The Decline of Magic in Late Antiquity – Thursday 26th May

May 10, 2016

Ancient Worlds Gallery, Leeds City Museum



My poster for Leonardo’s talk

Leonardo Costantini will briefly outline the semantic complexity of magic in the first and second century AD, explaining that the Greek magos and the Latin magus could indicate both ‘a priest of the Persians’ and ‘an evil practitioner of sorcery’, before considering how the latter connotation became predominant from the third century onwards, due to the anti-pagan polemics of the Christians.

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