017 – Poisoners, Soul-Drawers, and Mathematicians

The founders of Western Civilisation, the Classical Greeks were strong believers in the existence and capabilities of the supernatural. Their epic poems and plays featured Gods, Goddesses, and spirits aplenty, and mythical heroes were often attributed fantastic knowledge and power. As time went on, Greek writers began to distinguish between different types of magic, and their acceptability.

 

This episode primarily draws from:

– Daniel Ogden, Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds: A Sourcebook, Oxford, 2002

For a full bibliography, please see the website: http://thehistoryofwitchcraft.co.uk

Many thanks to the Ryan from the History of Ancient Greece Podcast for his help! Go check him out – http://www.thehistoryofancientgreece.com/