During the 15th-16thc. in Europe, many of the great occultists – Marsilio Ficino, Pica della Mirandola, Henry Cornelius Agrippa, and John Dee – flourished.
Alexander was a sorcerer in the 2nd century CE whose deeds were written down by Lucian, a man who knew Alexander personally and bitterly despised him.
Apollonius of Tyana was an influential Greek philosopher and teacher who influenced science and occultism well after his death.
Simon Magus was a magician mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles who asked Philip and Peter to teach him to perform miracles.
Profiles of four sorcerers and magicians from antiquity.
Voodoo dolls (or kolossoi as the Greeks called them) were also quite popular in the Greco-Roman world.
A sorcerer is someone who can manipulate higher powers for his or her specific goals.
From a modern perspective, witchcraft is not only a science, but a way of explaining and making sense out of the world.
During antiquity, there was a widespread belief in magic. Rome went so far as to outlaw harmful magic. So, did curse tablets and voodoo dolls actually work?
In the Greco-Roman world, curse tablets are small, thin sheets, intended to influence the actions or the welfare of persons or animals against their will.
Voces Magicae were mysterious words that have no obvious or immediate meaning in Greek or any other language
With Voodoo Dolls or Curse Tablets abound, how did one go about protecting themselves if they suspected someone placed a curse on them?