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The Oxford Classical Dictionary
H. S. VersnelH. S. Versnel

Antiquity does not provide clear-cut definitions of what was understood by magic and there is a variety of terms referring to its different aspects. The Greek terms that lie at the roots of the modern term ‘magic’, μάγος, μαγεία, were ambivalent. Originally they referred to the strange but powerful rites of the Persian magi (... ...

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