'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 (San Diego State University) and Fabrizio Conti (John Cabot University)


Elizabeth Ann Pollard and Fabrizio Conti are editing the second volume in the series Advances in the History of Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (ISSN 2732-1673). The volume is tentatively titled "There is no one who does not fear to be spellbound": Magic in the Roman World (8th c. BCE - 5th c. CE)

We are still accepting proposals!

The aim of this volume is to publish original research exploring the role, meanings, and uses of magic in the Roman world between the 8th century BCE and the 5th century CE. We are interested in analyzing the approaches towards magic as well as the images, ideas, rituals labeled as magic also in their changing relationships with normative or public religious practices. What was the meaning of magic for those who elaborated on it? How did the idea, concept, and uses of magic change in time throughout the Roman world? How did the approach to magic change in the passage from pagan to Christian Roman societies? Was magic condemned – by whom, in what context, and why? These are only a few, possible questions that we aim to answer. The volume is open - but is not limited to - to discussions concerning tablets, spells, and literary descriptions of magic in relationship to their cultural, social, juridical, political, and religious contexts as well as to considering specific figures of magicians or practitioners of magic with the techniques and the devices – amulets, talismans, charms, potions, bindings, and curses – employed. We are particularly interested in analyzing the changing nature of magic, of its uses and techniques in shaping interactions with both the human and the supernatural worlds in the context of the Roman civilization.


Please send us your titles and abstracts, accompanied by a short author bio by January 31st, 2021.

For abstract submissions and questions, please email the editors at and

Once your abstract is accepted, you will be informed about the full paper submission deadline. All papers will undergo a double blind peer review process.

You can download the CFP in PDF format here.


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