The origin and evolution of the category of magic in the Roman world
Source document: Religio. 2012, vol. 20, iss. 2, pp. -275
ISSN1210-3640 (print)2336-4475 (online)
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This article maps the process which lead to the reception and acculturation of the reflected category of magic by the Romans. This process commenced at the beginning of the 2nd century BCE, at a time of increasingly intense contact between the Roman world and neighboring cultures, and ended with the establishment of the Roman Empire at the end of the 1st century BCE. It is argued here that the Romans took over this category from the Greeks and started to use it, after some adaptations, as a contrasting and antithetical category to Romanitas (Romanness) helping to define the acceptability of certain behaviors and ideas deemed to represent the core of civilizing efforts of (mainly) Roman political and cultural elites.
- Tento text vznikl s podporou grantu děkana Filozofické fakulty Masarykovy univerzity MUNI/21/CHA/2011 "Vznik a vývoj konceptu magie v římském světě" (doba řešení 2011).