A Brief History of Witchcraft by Lois Martin

By Lois Martin

The witch in historical past is especially diverse from a dead ringer for Harry Potter or the trendy day Pagan. 'A short historical past of Witchcraft' units out to discover how the witch phenomenon all started in medieval Europe and the way it has persisted to hang-out us for the following 500 years.

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INTRODUCTION In 167 bc, a Rhodian embassy persuaded the Roman Senate not to declare war on the republic of Rhodes, which was accused of having attempted to mediate between Rome and Perseus. At Rhodes, the Senate’s answer was received with a sense of relief; a new embassy was sent to Rome, bringing a gift of money as a token of gratitude, with the task of trying to obtain a treaty of alliance. Proud of his achievement, Astymedes, the ambassador who had avoided the war, published the speech he had delivered to the Senate on behalf of his city.

59–60). Here, too, the two rivals fight with the same weapons, and Polybius acts in the same way. He starts by ironically referring to Phylarchus’ emphatic expressions and his recourse to superlatives (‘a man of most noble birth . . who underwent the most unjust and terrible sufferings of all the men’; ¼íäæÆ ôBò KðØçÆíåóôÜôÅò ïNŒßÆò . . 1; cf. 2, he 52 Stevens (1944: 9–15, 18–19, 23) is key; see also Gärtner (2004) and Thornton (2013). 7 he had disdainfully referred to the terrible scenes of Mantinea’s capture painted by Phylarchus.

Thornton (2010b: 38–9). OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/4/2013, SPi 30 John Thornton suggested that the governing classes of the Greek poleis should imitate Polybius (and Panaetius), who had benefited their countries through the friendship of Scipio Aemilianus. The Colophonian Polemaeus, too, had already behaved in this same way (col. II, ll. 3). 8–9; cf. 2). Commenting on this inscription, Pausanias also mentioned the friendship between Polybius and Scipio. It seems that even the short entry on Polybius in the list of Hellenistic historians partially preserved in POxy 4808 referred to this friendship.

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