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The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

was a form of pagan religious magic taken up by the later Neoplatonists. It covered a range of magical practices, from rain‐making and cures to animating statues of the gods. Like other forms of magic, theurgy was based on a theory of cosmic sympathy, but in theurgy, as in Neoplatonist metaphysics, sympathy was thought to extend beyond the material world and to unite it with a higher, divine world. So theurgy was believed to promote the union of the human soul with the divine. ... ...

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