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Lives of the Necromancers

Lives of the Necromancers

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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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