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CLAS 3240: Magic in the Ancient World: Reception

Magic in the Ancient World


Fall of Simon Magus 1461-62 Tempera on panel, 24 x 35,5 cm Royal Collection, Hampton Court. The Fall of Simon Magus is a subject taken from The Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine and it involves a contest between a sorcerer at the court of Emperor Nero and Saint Peter. Nero is seen enthroned on the left while Saint Peter and Saint Paul are on the right. Simon Magus, endeavoring to prove his magical powers, attempts to launch himself from a wooden tower towards heaven, but even though supported by demons his experiment fails and he falls to the ground. Image: Web Gallery of Art

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An image of the ancient Greek Goddess Hecate. Hecate was a protective Goddess associated with light, the Moon, magic, witchcraft, knowledge of herbs and poisonous plants, necromancy, and sorcery, as well as crossroads, entrance-ways, and dogs.

Taken from ‘Hieroglyphica, sive, De sacris Aegyptiorvm aliarvmqve gentivm literis commentarij’, published 1575. Image: Tumblr




 Front of the Magical disk