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This index contains a list of Greek terms relevant to discussion on magical practice in the Latin-speaking West. The entries are arranged in alphabetical order. Although in the modern literature on (Graeco-)Roman magical practice it is malign and aggressive magic and prayers for justice, for which there is relatively interesting epigraphic evidence, that have attracted most attention, by far the commonest types of magical practice in antiquity were in a broad sense protective: medical, apotropaic or eudaemonic. Evidence for such practice is widely scattered over a variety of genres, but has suffered from the excessive interest of an older generation of writers on folklore and 'superstition', for whom such material served a variety of largely discredited ideological interests.

Keywords: Latin West; magical practice



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