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History of Magic, Witchcraft...


Trivent Publishing, H-1119 Budapest, Etele u. 59-61

Publisher: Teodora C. Artimon
ISSN 2732-1673

DOI: 10.22618/TP.HMWR


Fabrizio Conti, John Cabot University (Rome),


Michael Bailey, Iowa State University

Matthew Champion, Australian Catholic University

Georg Modestin, University of Fribourg

Marina Montesano, Università degli Studi di Messina

Elizabeth Ann Pollard, San Diego State University

Teofilo Ruiz, University of California, Los Angeles

Joseph E. Sanzo, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia


This series aims at advancing knowledge and the understanding of official and unofficial religious practices and their relationship with culture, society, and the construction of identity, from the Classical period through the Early modern times, with particular emphasis on beliefs, rites, institutions, emotions, cultural and social fractures, especially those revolving around the domains of magic, witchcraft, and religion. The series concentrates on Europe, although it welcomes a long-term global perspective and a comparative point of view.

We invite proposals for edited collections or monographs on subjects related to the history of magic, witchcraft, and religion. Topics include but are not limited to: the history of witchcraft, magic, superstition, emotions, religious practices and institutions, orthodoxy and heterodoxy, inquisition, mythologies, rites, cults, astrology, spirituality, identity, the supernatural.


Civilizations of the Supernatural: Witchcraft, Ritual, and Religious Experience in Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Traditions (November 2020)


'There is no one who does not fear to be spellbound’: Magic in the Roman World (8th c. BCE – 5th c. CE), edited by Elizabeth Ann Pollard and Fabrizio Conti 

Becoming a Witch. Women and Magic in Medieval Europe (ca. 500-1400), edited by Andrea Maraschi (University of Bari)

The Dawn of Witchcraft: From Discourse to Persecution in the Later Middle Ages, edited by Georg Modestin (University of Fribourg) and Michael Bailey (Iowa State University)

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Edited by Fabrizio Conti

ISBN 978-615-81689-1-5                                           Paperback, €45.00

eISBN 978-615-81689-8-4                                         Hardcover, €145.00

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DOI: 10.22618/TP.HMWR.20201

Volume 1 (November 2020)

In colour, pp. 383


Civilizations of the Supernatural: Witchcraft, Ritual, and Religious Experience in Late Antique, Medieval, and Renaissance Traditions brings together thirteen scholars of late-antique, medieval, and renaissance traditions who discuss magic, religious experience, ritual, and witch-beliefs with the aim of reflecting on the relationship between man and the supernatural. The content of the volume is intriguingly diverse and includes late antique traditions covering erotic love magic, Hellenistic-Egyptian astrology, apotropaic rituals, early Christian amulets, and astrological amulets; medieval traditions focusing on the relationships between magic and disbelief, pagan magic and Christian culture, as well as witchcraft and magic in Britain, Scandinavian sympathetic graphophagy, superstition in sermon literature; and finally Renaissance traditions revolving around Agrippan magic, witchcraft in Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and a Biblical toponym related to the Friulan Benandanti’s visionary experiences. These varied topics reflect the multifaceted ways through which men aimed to establish relationships with the supernatural in diverse cultural traditions, and for different purposes, between Late Antiquity and the Renaissance. These ways eventually contributed to shaping the civilizations of the supernatural or those peculiar patterns which helped men look at themselves through the mirror of their own amazement of being in this world.

 Parts of this book can be read in open access.

Price €145.00

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