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The Myth of the Magus : Canto Original - E. M. Butler

The Myth of the Magus

Canto Original

Paperback Published: 14th June 1993
ISBN: 9780521437776
Number Of Pages: 320

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The Magus, a legendary magician of superhuman powers, is an archetype central to myth and religion across many cultures. Identifying its anthropological origins in ancient rituals performed by a shaman or wizard to ensure the prosperity of his tribe, E. M. Butler goes on to trace its subsequent development in pre-Christian religious and mystic philosophers, in medieval sorcerers and alchemists, and finally in the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century occult revival. From Zoroaster to Solomon, Merlin to Faust, Cagliostro to Rasputin, legends of the Magus are explored and where possible compared with the historical record, in this fascinating account, first published in 1948, of one of the major figures in religious and occult mythology.

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List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction
Origins
The Ritual Hero
The Professional Practitioner
The Golden Age
The Wise Men of the East
The Magi
Zoroaster
Hebrew Holy Men
Moses
Solomon
The Sages of Greece
Pythagoras
Apollonius of Tyana
The Downfall of the Magus
Christ
Simon Magus
The Dark Ages
Under the Christian Cloud
Cyprian
Theophilus
Gerbert
Post-Pagan Shades
Virgil
Merlin
Beneath a Black Sun
Zyto
Joan and Gilles
Doctor Faust
Friar Bacon
In the Light of Common Day
Dee and Kelley
Gauffridi and Grandier
Return of the Magi
Aristeas Redivivus
The Man of Mystery
The Grand Copht
Madame and the Masters
The 'Holy Devil'
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521437776
ISBN-10: 0521437776
Series: Canto Original
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 320
Published: 14th June 1993
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.64 x 14.12  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.41

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