Magic in Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment

Magic in Western Culture: From Antiquity to the Enlightenment

Brian P. Copenhaver


the tale of the ideals and practices referred to as 'magic' begins in old Iran, Greece, and Rome, earlier than coming into its an important Christian part within the center a long time. Centering at the Renaissance and Marsilio Ficino - whose paintings on magic used to be the main influential account written in premodern instances - this groundbreaking ebook treats magic as a classical culture with foundations that have been notably philosophical. along with Ficino, the premodern tale of magic additionally gains Plotinus, Iamblichus, Proclus, Aquinas, Agrippa, Pomponazzi, Porta, Bruno, Campanella, Descartes, Boyle, Leibniz, and Newton, to call just a couple of of the well-liked thinkers mentioned during this booklet. simply because photos play a key function within the tale of magic, this booklet is richly illustrated.

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