Article ID: CBB001213000

Indian Spices and Roman “Magic” in Imperial and Late Antique Indomediterranea (2013)


The article focuses on the Roman idea of magic during late antiquity and how it was impacted by foreign spice trade with India and the African kingdom of Kush. The author explains that Indian spices were exoticized by Romans through their connections with magical practitioners in popular literature, including Apuleius's Meroe in "Metamorphoses" and Philostratus's Apollonius of Tyana. She discusses how long-distance trade impacted ideas about exotic goods, explores Greek magical amulets and papyri that was available through trade with India, and examines the slave trade between Rome and India.

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Authors & Contributors
Calvo Martínez, José Luis
Fernández Nieto, Francisco Javier
Nagy, Árpád M.
Ciraolo, Leda Jean
Seidel, Jonathan Lee
Faraone, Christopher A.
MHNH (Revista Internacional de Investigación sobre Magia y Astrología Antiguas)
Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies
Indian Journal of History of Science
Africa Magna Verlag
Hempen Verlag
Occult sciences
Primary literature (historical sources)
Science and literature
Science and religion
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
Marcus Aurelius
Time Periods
Rome (Italy)
Middle and Near East

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