Roman attitudes to magic

“Magic, then, was always something secret and illegal; if, in practice, tolerated so long as no scandal occurred”.  So concludes Roger Pearse after a brief but  scholarly review on his blog. In my experience pupils are always fascinated by the subject and listen more readily, and have stronger views about it than many of the topics with which we try to engage them.

Did you know that 

“There were three sets of Roman legislation relating to magic.[1]  There was an edict in the Twelve Tables (ca. 451 BC); the laws of Sulla (81 BC); and the legislation of Constantine and other Christian emperors (after 312 AD).. . . .. . . .?

You can catch the whole article here

http://www.roger-pearse.com/weblog/?p=2301

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