Alexander was an imposter in the 2nd century CE whose deeds were written down by Lucian, a man who knew Alexander personally and bitterly despised him. He was well known in his own country, a small city in remote Paphlagonia, as well as throughout a large part of the Roman world, however very little is known about him outside of Lucian's writings. … [Read more...]
Ancient sorcerers were magicians who could manipulate higher powers for either their own personal gain or to fulfill their clients' wishes. They did so by performing specific rites or rituals. Read articles about sorcerers below.
Contents Apollonius' Life and Travels Apollonius: Philosopher or Magician? An Exorcism [hr] Apollonius of Tyana was an influential Greek philosopher and teacher who influenced science and occultism well after his death. Apollonius' Life and Travels At 16, he joined the Pythagorean movement and rejected drinking wine, marriage, eating meat, and … [Read more...]
Simon Magus in Acts St. Justin writes in his First Apology, xxvi that Simon is from Gitta in the country of the Samaritans. He is mentioned in Acts 8:9ff as a practicing magician who became impressed with Philip's ability to perform miracles. Wanting that type of power for himself, he offered the apostles money if they'd teach him. Angrily, Peter rebuked him. … [Read more...]
Nectanebus In the Alexander Romance attributed to Callisthenes (c 370-327 BCE) Nectanebus was the Egyptian Pharaoh who claimed to be the father of Alexander the Great. He was thought of as a great magician and astrologer. In one account, he tried to seduce the Olympias, the wife of Philip of Macedon by extracting the juice from plants known to induce dreams. He then molds … [Read more...]
Medea in The Argonautica The Argonautica by Apollonius of Rhodes was written during the 3rd century BCE and tells the story of Medea, who fell in love with Jason, the leader of the Argonauts, and helped him obtain the Golden Fleece. She was known as a sorceress and was able to use her magic to fight a monster called Talos, a bronze giant who tossed large rocks at them. … [Read more...]