019 – The Eternal City and the Evil Eye

The Roman Empire stretched from the Atlantic Ocean to the Levant for centuries, and today’s episode covers a few of the magical beliefs the superstitious Romans held. While it’s hard to distinguish between organically Roman traits and those imported from the Greek world, the culture of Rome was certainly a mixture of the two, as can be seen in their beliefs in magic.

 

Today’s episode primarily makes use of the following texts:

  • Epodes
  • Livy, The History of Rome
  • The Twelve Tables
  • M. W. Dickie, Magic and Magicians in the Greco-Roman World, 2002
  • A. Parker, Protecting the Troops? Phallic Carvings in the North of Roman Britain

Please see the website for a full bibliography http://thehistoryofwitchcraft.co.uk