Animals in Greek and Roman Religion and Myth

Author: Patricia A. Johnston
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443898218
Release Date: 2016-08-17
Genre: History

This volume brings together a variety of approaches to the different ways in which the role of animals was understood in ancient Greco-Roman myth and religion, across a period of several centuries, from Preclassical Greece to Late Antique Rome. Animals in Greco-Roman antiquity were thought to be intermediaries between men and gods, and they played a pivotal role in sacrificial rituals and divination, the foundations of pagan religion. The studies in the first part of the volume examine the role of the animals in sacrifice and divination. The second part explores the similarities between animals, on the one hand, and men and gods, on the other. Indeed, in antiquity, the behaviour of several animals was perceived to mirror human behaviour, while the selection of the various animals as sacrificial victims to specific deities often was determined on account of some peculiar habit that echoed a special attribute of the particular deity. The last part of this volume is devoted to the study of animal metamorphosis, and to this end a number of myths that associate various animals with transformation are examined from a variety of perspectives.

The Sacred Magic Of Abramelin The Mage

Author: S. L. MacGregor Mathers
Publisher: Jazzybee Verlag
ISBN: 9783849644550
Release Date: 2014-06-02
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit

This remarkable grimoire was translated by S.L.M. Mathers from a 15th century French mauscript. This text has had a huge influence on modern ceremonial magic, and has been cited as a primary influence on Aleister Crowley. Abraham of Würzburg, a cabalist and scholar of magic, describes a quest for the secret teachings which culminated in Egypt, where he encountered the magician Abramelin, who taught him his system in detail. The procedure involves many months of purification, followed by the invocation of good and evil spirits to accomplish some very worldly goals, including acquisition of treasure and love, travel through the air and under water, and raising armies out of thin air. It also tells of raising the dead, transforming ones appearance, becoming invisible, and starting storms. The key to this is a set of remarkable magic squares, sigils consisting of mystical words which in most cases can be read in several directions. Of course, these diagrams are said to have no potency unless used in the appropriate ritual context by an initiate. Mathers analyzed these words in an extensive set of notes and gives possible derivations from Hebrew, Greek and other languages.

A Companion to Roman Religion

Author: Jörg Rüpke
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 9781444341317
Release Date: 2011-03-25
Genre: Religion

A comprehensive treatment of the significant symbols and institutions of Roman religion, this companion places the various religious symbols, discourses, and practices, including Judaism and Christianity, into a larger framework to reveal the sprawling landscape of the Roman religion. An innovative introduction to Roman religion Approaches the field with a focus on the human-figures instead of the gods Analyzes religious changes from the eighth century BC to the fourth century AD Offers the first history of religious motifs on coins and household/everyday utensils Presents Roman religion within its cultural, social, and historical contexts

Terre de Sendre Livre I Le rite de Lumness

Publisher: Librinova
ISBN: 9791026206439
Release Date: 2016-08-05T00:00:00Z
Genre: Fiction

Dans cette période où la voix de la femme se libère, découvrez ce roman d'aventures dans lequel une femme se bat contre les préjugés: parce que ce combat se retrouve aussi dans la Fantasy, et qu'une histoire peut aussi faire passer des messages. Le Rite de Lumness est le premier volume d'une trilogie dans laquelle vous suivrez Sendre ainsi que d’autres personnages, tous différents et attachants. Dans ce roman qui dépasse le simple cadre du « bien contre le mal », pénétrez dans un monde riche et complexe qui met les femmes sur le devant de la scène. Le Synopsis: Que peut-on faire d’une jeune fille qui, sur un coup de tête, vient de ruiner les projets politiques que l’on avait bâtis autour d’elle ? L’envoyer au couvent paraissait une bonne idée... Avec l’accroissement des troubles aux frontières du monde connu, Sendre va découvrir au gré de ses rencontres que le monde n’est pas aussi manichéen qu’elle le pensait, et que trahisons et alliances peuvent bouleverser la donne, quel que soit le camp dans lequel on se tient. Ce qu’en pense la critique : 8.33/10 au prix de l'imaginaire 2017, concours des nouvelles plumes

Ascendant s Rite

Author: David Hair
Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books
ISBN: 9781681444031
Release Date: 2016-09-13
Genre: Fiction

The last few months of the moontide - when the bridge connecting East and West rises above the sea - has come, and in the West Emperor Constant prepares the final phase of his plan to conquer the East. For failed mage Alaron and his companion Ramita - widow to the mage who built the Leviathan Bridge - the unthinkable has happened. They have lost the Scytale of Corineus, the key to the Rite of Ascendancy, as well as one of Ramita's infant sons, to the hands of their deadliest enemies. In Javon, Cera Nesti, the imprisoned queen, has been freed, and plots to take on the overwhelming might of the Rondian Empire. But standing between her and her goal is a band of deadly mercenaries playing a dangerous game of their own. And in the East, Seth Korion's Lost Legions must navigate treacherous roads to gain safety, bearing secrets that could bring down the Emperor. The time has come for the Rite of Ascendancy to be performed. New powers must rise to save or damn Urte, and on the mighty Leviathan Bridge itself, all will be decided.

Commentaire de la Caverne Des Tr sors

Author: Su-Min Ri
Publisher: Peeters Publishers
ISBN: 9042908637
Release Date: 2000-01-01
Genre: Religion

La Caverne des Tresors est un recueil de traditions exegetiques, legendaires et apologetiques, compilees suivant l'ordre des chroniques bibliques et concue comme une version de l'Histoire sainte allant de la creation du monde a la Pentecote. Dans le cadre d'une precedente etude portant sur dix-neuf manuscrits syriaques, nous avons presente les deux recensions (orientales et occidentale) de la Caverne des Tresors. Depuis, grace aux differentes versions, notamment arabe, ethiopienne, karshunie, georgienne et copte, nous avons elargi notre champ de recherche sur les multiples variantes pour eclairer leurs rapports avec les recensions syriaques et plusieurs autres textes apparentes, et en rediger le commentaire integral. Ce commentaire analyse de nombreux indices (onomastiques, terminologiques, phraseologiques et syntaxiques) dans le but d'en degager les sources et les rapports avec les traditions juives, chretiennes et iraniennes des premiers siecles, et avec celles des auteurs syriaques. On decouvre ainsi que la premiere redaction de la Caverne a constitue un manuel pour les chretiens d'Adiabene avant Mar Ephrem.