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Saturday, November 29, 2014

K.B. Stratton ed., with D.S.Kalleres, Women and Magic in the Ancient World

Daughters of Hecate
Women and Magic in the Ancient World
Edited by Kimberly B. Stratton and With Dayna S. Kalleres

Daughters of Hecate unites for the first time research on the problem of gender and magic in three ancient Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Graeco-Roman culture. The book illuminates the gendering of ancient magic by approaching the topic from three distinct disciplinary perspectives: literary stereotyping, the social application of magic discourse, and material culture.

The authors probe the foundations of, processes, and motivations behind gendered stereotypes, beginning with Western culture's earliest associations of women and magic in the Bible and Homer's Odyssey.
Daughters of Hecate provides a nuanced exploration of the topic while avoiding reductive approaches.
In fact, the essays in this volume uncover complexities and counter-discourses that challenge, rather than reaffirm, many gendered stereotypes taken for granted and reified by most modern scholarship.

By combining critical theoretical methods with research into literary and material evidence, Daughters of Hecate interrogates a false association that has persisted from antiquity, to early modern witch hunts, to the present day.


1. Interrogating the Magic-Gender Connection - Kimberly B. Stratton

Part I. Fiction and Fantasy: Gendering Magic in Literature

2. From Goddess to Hag: The Greek and the Roman Witch in Classical Literature
 ... Barbette Stanley Spaeth
3. "The Most Worthy of Women is a Mistress of Magic": Women as Witches and Ritual Practitioners in 1 Enoch and Rabbinic Sources ... Rebecca Lesses

4. Gendering Heavenly Secrets? Women, Angels, and the Problem of Misogyny and "Magic" 
 ... Annette Yoshiko Reed
5. Magic, Abjection, and Gender in Roman Literature ... Kimberly B. Stratton

Part II. Gender and Magic Discourse in Practice

6. Magic Accusations Against Women in Tacitus's Annals
 ... Elizabeth Ann Pollard
7. Drunken Hags with Amulets and Prostitutes with Erotic Spells: The Re-Feminization of Magic in Late Antique Christian Homilies
 ... Dayna S. Kalleres
8. The Bishop, the Pope, and the Prophetess: Rival Ritual Experts in Third-Century Cappadocia
 ... Ayse Tuzlak
9. Living Images of the Divine: Female Theurgists in Late Antiquity
 ... Nicola Denzey Lewis

10. Sorceresses and Sorcerers in Early Christian Tours of Hell
 ... Kirsti Barrett Copeland

Part III. Gender, Magic, and the Material Record

11. The Social Context of Women's Erotic Magic in Antiquity
 ... David Frankfurter
12. Cheating Women: Curse Tablets and Roman Wives
 ... Pauline Ripat
13. Saffron, Spices, and Sorceresses: Magic Bowls and the Bavli
 ... Yaakov Elman
14. Victimology or: How to Deal With Untimely Death
 ... Fritz Graf

15. A Gospel Amulet for Joannia (P.Oxy. VIII 1151)
 ... AnneMarie Luijendijk