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- DescriptionThe ancient Greeks commonly resorted to magic spells to attract and keep lovers - as numerous allusions in Greek literature and recently discovered voodoo dolls , magical papyri, gemstones, and curse tablets attest. Surveying and analyzing these various texts and artefacts, the author reveals that gender is a crucial factor in understanding love spells. He argues that there are two types of love magic: the curselike charms used primarily by men to torture unwilling women with fiery and maddening passion until they surrender sexually; and the binding spells and debilitating potions generally used by women to sedate angry or philandering husbands and make them more affectionate. The author's analysis of these spells also yields a number of insights about the construction of gender in antiquity. Most significantly, his findings challenge the modern view that all Greek men considered women to be naturally lascivious.
- Author BiographyChristopher A. Faraone is Professor and Chairman of Classics, University of Chicago.
- Author(s)Christopher A. Faraone
- PublisherHarvard University Press
- Date of Publication02/10/2001
- SubjectAncient History
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintHarvard University Press
- Content Note5 tables
- Weight345 g
- Width155 mm
- Height235 mm
- Spine13 mm
- Format DetailsUnsewn / adhesive bound,Trade paperback (US)
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