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Headword: *magei/a
Adler number: mu,9
Translated headword: magic
Vetting Status: high
It is an invocation of beneficent spirits for the production of something good; like the oracles of Apollonius of Tyana.[1] [sc. By contrast] sorcery [gohtei/a] is an invocation of maleficent spirits which takes place around the graves. But [the term] witchcraft [farmakei/a] [is used] when some death-dealing concoction is given as a potion or otherwise by mouth to someone.[2]
But haruspicy [= liver-inspection] is the dissection of the entrails [of sacrificed animals], by which they used to foretell coming events. For when dissecting they observed certain signs in the livers.[3]
See also under gohtei/a.[4] Concerning magic, see under Persians.[5]
Greek Original:
*magei/a: e)pi/klhsi/s e)sti daimo/nwn a)gaqopoiw=n pro\s a)gaqou= tinos su/stasin: w(s ta\ tou= *)apollwni/ou tou= *tuane/ws qespi/smata. gohtei/a e)pi/klhsi/s e)sti daimo/nwn kakopoiw=n peri\ tou\s ta/fous ginome/nh. farmakei/a de/, o(/tan dia/ tinos skeuasi/as qanathfo/rou pro\s fi/ltron, h)\ a)/llws doqh=| tisi dia\ sto/matos. h(patoskopi/a de\ h( tw=n e)gka/twn a)natomh/, di' w(=n proemh/nuon ta\ sumbhso/mena. a)nate/mnontes ga\r shmei=a/ tina e)qew/roun e)n toi=s h(/pasi. kai\ zh/tei e)n tw=| gohtei/a. zh/tei peri\ magei/as e)n tw=| *pe/rsai.
[1] For Apollonius see alpha 3420.
[2] George the Monk, Chronicon 1.74.12-20.
[3] cf. eta 419.
[4] gamma 365; cf. phi 100.
[5] pi 1367; cf. mu 13, mu 29.
Keywords: biography; Christianity; daily life; definition; ethics; geography; historiography; medicine; religion; science and technology; zoology
Translated by: Catharine Roth on 14 July 2002@01:57:20.
Vetted by:
David Whitehead (added note; cosmetics) on 14 July 2002@07:00:52.
David Whitehead (another note; more keywords; betacoding and other cosmetics) on 19 June 2011@10:30:19.
Catharine Roth (more betacoding) on 19 June 2011@12:15:58.
David Whitehead on 24 April 2013@08:41:10.
Catharine Roth (coding) on 25 April 2013@01:51:49.


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