Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic

Classical Culture and Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Italy

Authors: Montesano, Marina

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  • Demonstrates how ancient Greek and Roman beliefs and descriptions of magic impacted modern ideas of witchcraft and witch hunts
  • Challenges the perception of the Renaissance as an enlightening movement
  • Utilises Italian texts that are important, but relatively unknown, for the construction of modern witchcraft 
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This book explores the relationships between ancient witchcraft and its modern incarnation, and by doing so fills an important gap in the historiography. It is often noted that stories of witchcraft circulated in Greek and Latin classical texts, and that treatises dealing with witch-beliefs referenced them. Still, the role of humanistic culture and classical revival in the developing of the witch-hunts has not yet been fully researched. Marina Montesano examines Greek and Latin literature, revealing how particular features of ancient striges were carried into the Late Middle Ages, through the Renaissance and into the fifteenth century, when early Italian trials recall the myth of the strix common in ancient Latin sources and in popular memory. The final chapter also serves as a conclusion, to show how in Renaissance Italy and beyond, classical accounts of witchcraft ceased to be just stories, as they had formerly been, and were instead used to attest to the reality of witches’ powers.

About the authors

Marina Montesano is Professor of Medieval History at the University of Messina, Italy. She is also fellow of Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance. Her research interests focus on cultural history in relation to a range of topics, such as witch-beliefs, imagery of travellers, preaching and crossdressing.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Classical Culture and Witchcraft in Medieval and Renaissance Italy
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Historical Studies in Witchcraft and Magic
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-92078-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-92078-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-92077-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-06358-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 278
Number of Illustrations
3 illustrations in colour
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