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Daughters of Hecate: Women and Magic in the Ancient World

Kimberly B. Stratton and Dayna S. Kalleres


This volume unites research on the problem of gender and magic in three ancient Mediterranean societies: early Judaism, Christianity, and Greco-Roman culture. The book brings together diverse critical methodologies derived from research carried out in ancient fields. It is divided into three sections that reflect distinct perspectives. This interdisciplinary approach challenges presumed associations of women and magic by probing the foundations and processes of, and motivations behind, gendered stereotypes, beginning with Western culture’s earliest associations of women and magic in the Bible ... More

Keywords: witch, magic, women, gender, stereotype, ancient Mediterranean, Judaism, Christianity, Greco-Roman

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780195342703
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195342703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimberly B. Stratton, editor
Carleton University

Dayna S. Kalleres, editor
University of California, San Diego

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