NIGHT'S BLACK AGENTS

DANIEL OGDEN
224pp 10 ILLUS 2008 LIST PRICE: £40.00 G320

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The supernatural lore of ancient Greece and Rome is vividly brought to life in these pages. The literature of classical antiquity bristles with horrible witches, mysterious wizards, terrifying ghosts, magic books, curses, voodoo-dolls, even werewolves, vampires and monsters. Ogden's book covers a period of more than a thousand years that witnessed some massive historical and cultural changes, including the advent of Christianity. Ancient culture was generally conservative and was strongly bound up with traditional tales and folklore of various kinds. Such tales preserve and conserve ideas about ghosts and witchcraft, and they have survived because they are so engaging. Many of these tales have directly shaped our own culture's lore of magic and ghosts and consequently speak to us today.