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It's a kind of magic!

It’s a kind of magic! During this time of restriction, Thalia, our ArchaeoMusement Muse, has decided to take up magic to entertain her sisters and Taras (the messenger). She is very good at disappearing!

So, Calliope, not very amused by her sister, decided to read up on the history of mysterious magical traditions and found that spells and incantations were used by Ancient Egyptians for thousands of years, a tradition that was carried on by the Greeks.

In the Ancient Greek world, magic was a wide-ranging topic, papyri containing magical records, dating back to the 4th and 3rd century BC, and other evidence, show the practice of necromancy (invoking dead spirits), spells, curse tablets, enhancing drugs, powerful and passionate love potions, deadly poisons, evils prayers, amulets, talismans, and of course one must not forget the Oracles!

For many ancient cultures, a fine line existed between the art of magic and superstition, religion, astrology, and science. Specialised magicians, male and female, were both feared and respected as they possessed supernatural powers. were symbols of wisdom, keepers of secrets, and like the Muses, were masters of the arts, and science, in particular chemistry, knowledge needed to create poisons! People would visit these magicians to help them with their daily lives and to overcome obstacles blocking their happiness.

Many myths abound in tales of magic exist. Hecate, for example, was the goddess of the moon and witchcraft. Circe, the goddess of magic and patron of ancient Greek witches, was an expert in magical herbs and potions and helped Odysseus summon the ghosts from Hades. Calliope would also like to point out that magic can be found in many literary characters, her favourite being Medea in the play, of the same name, written by Euripides in 431 BCE.

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