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Lives Of The Necromancers by William Godwin

Lives Of The Necromancers by William Godwin

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The main purpose of this book is to exhibit a fair delineation of the credulity of the human mind. Such an
exhibition cannot fail to be productive of the most salutary lessons.
The main purpose of this book is to exhibit a fair delineation of the credulity of the human mind. Such an
exhibition cannot fail to be productive of the most salutary lessons.

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Lives of the Necromancers
William Godwin
 
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Lives of the Necromancers.................................................................................................................................1
William Godwin......................................................................................................................................1PREFACE................................................................................................................................................4LIVES OF THE NECROMANCERS..................................................................................................................7AMBITIOUS NATURE OF MAN..........................................................................................................9HIS DESIRE TO PENETRATE INTO FUTURITY.............................................................................10 DIVINATION........................................................................................................................................10AUGURY..............................................................................................................................................10CHIROMANCY....................................................................................................................................10PHYSIOGNOMY..................................................................................................................................10INTERPRETATION OF DREAMS......................................................................................................10CASTING OF LOTS.............................................................................................................................11ASTROLOGY.......................................................................................................................................11ORACLES.............................................................................................................................................11DELPHI.................................................................................................................................................12THE DESIRE TO COMMANDAND CONTROL FUTURE EVENTS..............................................13COMMERCE WITH THE INVISIBLE WORLD................................................................................13SORCERY AND ENCHANTMENT....................................................................................................13WITCHCRAFT.....................................................................................................................................14COMPACTS WITH THE DEVIL.........................................................................................................14IMPS......................................................................................................................................................15TALISMANS AND AMULETS...........................................................................................................15NECROMANCY...................................................................................................................................15ALCHEMY............................................................................................................................................16FAIRIES................................................................................................................................................17ROSICRUCIANS..................................................................................................................................18SYLPHS ANDGNOMES, SALAMANDERS AND UNDINES.........................................................18EXAMPLES OF NECROMANCY ANDWITCHCRAFT FROM THE BIBLE...............................19THE MAGI, ORWISE MEN OF THE EAST......................................................................................21EGYPT...................................................................................................................................................22STATUE OF MEMNON.......................................................................................................................23TEMPLE OF JUPITER AMMON: ITS ORACLES.............................................................................23CHALDEA AND BABYLON..............................................................................................................24ZOROASTER........................................................................................................................................24GREECE............................................................................................................................................................24DEITIES OF GREECE..........................................................................................................................25DEMIGODS..........................................................................................................................................26DAEDALUS..........................................................................................................................................27THE ARGONAUTS..............................................................................................................................27MEDEA.................................................................................................................................................28CIRCE....................................................................................................................................................28ORPHEUS.............................................................................................................................................29AMPHION.............................................................................................................................................30TIRESIAS..............................................................................................................................................30ABARIS.................................................................................................................................................30PYTHAGORAS.....................................................................................................................................31EPIMENIDES........................................................................................................................................35EMPEDOCLES.....................................................................................................................................36
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ARISTEAS............................................................................................................................................37HERMOTIMUS.....................................................................................................................................37THE MOTHEROF DEMARATUS, KING OF SPARTA...................................................................37ORACLES.............................................................................................................................................37INVASION OFXERXES INTO GREECE..........................................................................................39DEMOCRITUS.....................................................................................................................................40SOCRATES...........................................................................................................................................41ROME................................................................................................................................................................42VIRGIL..................................................................................................................................................42POLYDORUS.......................................................................................................................................42DIDO......................................................................................................................................................42ROMULUS............................................................................................................................................43NUMA...................................................................................................................................................43TULLUS HOSTILIUS...........................................................................................................................44 ACCIUS NAVIUS.................................................................................................................................44SERVIUS TULLIUS.............................................................................................................................44THE SORCERESS OF VIRGIL............................................................................................................45CANIDIA...............................................................................................................................................45ERICHTHO...........................................................................................................................................47SERTORIUS..........................................................................................................................................50CASTING OUTDEVILS......................................................................................................................52SIMON MAGUS...................................................................................................................................52ELYMAS, THESORCERER................................................................................................................53NERO.....................................................................................................................................................53VESPASIAN.........................................................................................................................................53APOLLONIUS OF TYANA.................................................................................................................54APULEIUS............................................................................................................................................56ALEXANDERTHE PAPHLAGONIAN..............................................................................................56REVOLUTIONPRODUCED IN THE HISTORY OF NECROMANCY AND WITCHCRAFT UPONTHE ESTABLISHMENT OF CHRISTIANITY...............................................................................................57MAGICAL CONSULTATIONS RESPECTING THE LIFE OF THE EMPEROR.............................58 HISTORY OF NECROMANCY IN THE EAST..............................................................................................59GENERAL SILENCE OF THE EAST RESPECTING INDIVIDUAL NECROMANCERS..............61ROCAIL.................................................................................................................................................62HAKEM, OTHERWISE MOCANNA..................................................................................................62ARABIAN NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENTS........................................................................................63PERSIAN TALES.................................................................................................................................64STORY OF A GOULE..........................................................................................................................66ARABIAN NIGHTS..............................................................................................................................67RESEMBLANCE OF THE TALES OF THE EAST AND OF EUROPE............................................67CAUSES OF HUMAN CREDULITY..................................................................................................67DARK AGESOF EUROPE.................................................................................................................68MERLIN................................................................................................................................................70ST. DUNSTAN......................................................................................................................................72COMMUNICATION OF EUROPE AND THE SARACENS.............................................................74GERBERT, POPE SILVESTER II........................................................................................................75BENEDICT THE NINTH......................................................................................................................75
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