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Sarah Iles Johnston is Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of Classics at the Ohio State University. Her many books include Ancient Greek Divination and, with Fritz Graf, Ritual Texts for the Afterlife: Orpheus and the Bacchic Gold Tablets.

Works by Sarah Iles Johnston

Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide (2004) — General Editor — 91 copies
Ancient Religions (2007) 73 copies, 2 reviews
Ancient Greek Divination (2008) 71 copies
Medea: Essays on Medea in Myth, Literature, Philosophy, and Art (1997) — Editor — 41 copies, 1 review
The Story of Myth (2018) 17 copies

Associated Works

Ancient Magic and Ritual Power (1995) — Contributor — 50 copies
Magic and Ritual in the Ancient World (2002) — Contributor — 31 copies
A handbook to the reception of classical mythology (2017) — Contributor — 9 copies

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Instead of a review, a devotional "rhyme-poem" to thank the writer of this greatly researched book.

Key of virtue, poureth the soul, opener of gateways, chaser with demon-dogs,
Archeress of nekroi, drakaiana Artemis, blesser of the purified souls,
Red for divine fire, white for aethyr, black for hylic chtonic abysmal chaotic jaw,

When lions roared across the Tartarus, ‘tis formless eyeless chaos,
Marked me for a Saturnine spirit without a soul - wrapped in niger cloak
You were the first to open the shadows to the seer,
Isis after trials - unveiled the divine worlds,

Serpent of Eileithyia incised upon my neck, it ascends from water
Into the divine world’s embrace, Mithraic cross upon my forehead,
Magna Mater and Helios with Muses whisper thunderously:
“Thou shall be free”.

Mask of Hekate is shown only to a child, or a tormented devotee
For the profane she turns into swirling maelstorm of Physis’ terror
That casts them into ignorance of dealing with Gods,
Whereupon they are a mocking stock of everything they think they see.

Gods are seen in the sky, stars, heart and high intellect,
They manifest in great synthony of hopeless pain, great love,
And mystes’ constantly observant eyes.
If there is no chalice coined of a heroic life - how do you imagine
That wine is fulled with ambrosia by the immortal company?

They great Gods never manifest as luring tempting images of chtonic deceptions,
When you close your eyes at night. Or as simulacra and nightmares that torment some,
Let me give you an advice - when shadow terrorize you at night, catch the golden thread, do not be afraid, but follow the silver Pythagorean path,

Propitiated the Erynies’ dead, befriend the better part in demons,
Call for protection against the combustible, volatile part
And in apothropaic theurgy honor her, as her lilly’s grow with delight,

Isis will show you the path, once the ordeals are done,
Hekate will open the cosmic gateways, if verily thy desire
Is to cast the Earthly, the unworthy, the undivine,
And leave it to be devoured by the howling ones.
… (more)
 
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Saturnin.Ksawery | 2 other reviews | Jan 12, 2024 |
Instead of a review, a devotional "rhyme-poem" to thank the writer of this greatly researched book.

Key of virtue, poureth the soul, opener of gateways, chaser with demon-dogs,
Archeress of nekroi, drakaiana Artemis, blesser of the purified souls,
Red for divine fire, white for aethyr, black for hylic chtonic abysmal chaotic jaw,

When lions roared across the Tartarus, ‘tis formless eyeless chaos,
Marked me for a Saturnine spirit without a soul - wrapped in niger cloak
You were the first to open the shadows to the seer,
Isis after trials - unveiled the divine worlds,

Serpent of Eileithyia incised upon my neck, it ascends from water
Into the divine world’s embrace, Mithraic cross upon my forehead,
Magna Mater and Helios with Muses whisper thunderously:
“Thou shall be free”.

Mask of Hekate is shown only to a child, or a tormented devotee
For the profane she turns into swirling maelstorm of Physis’ terror
That casts them into ignorance of dealing with Gods,
Whereupon they are a mocking stock of everything they think they see.

Gods are seen in the sky, stars, heart and high intellect,
They manifest in great synthony of hopeless pain, great love,
And mystes’ constantly observant eyes.
If there is no chalice coined of a heroic life - how do you imagine
That wine is fulled with ambrosia by the immortal company?

They great Gods never manifest as luring tempting images of chtonic deceptions,
When you close your eyes at night. Or as simulacra and nightmares that torment some,
Let me give you an advice - when shadow terrorize you at night, catch the golden thread, do not be afraid, but follow the silver Pythagorean path,

Propitiated the Erynies’ dead, befriend the better part in demons,
Call for protection against the combustible, volatile part
And in apothropaic theurgy honor her, as her lilly’s grow with delight,

Isis will show you the path, once the ordeals are done,
Hekate will open the cosmic gateways, if verily thy desire
Is to cast the Earthly, the unworthy, the undivine,
And leave it to be devoured by the howling ones.
… (more)
 
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SaturninCorax | 2 other reviews | Sep 27, 2021 |
changing attitudes toward the dead and ritual practices associated with ghosts
 
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ritaer | Aug 24, 2021 |
Great book, I recommend it to those who wish to learn about the greek goddess Hecate (or Hekate).
 
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Joana_v_v | 2 other reviews | Feb 9, 2016 |

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