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Necromancy, Divine Encounters, and Erotic Magic in Cupid and Psyche (2019)


While Apuleius' Metamorphoses contains many depictions of witchcraft, necromancy, and other magical practices, the story of Cupid and Psyche offers no overt instances of magic or magic workers. However, magical tropes inform several key episodes of the story: Psyche's discovery of Cupid's identity echoes spells to produce a divine encounter in the Greek magical papyri, Psyche's sisters resemble necromancers summoning a ghost, and Venus' behavior mimics spells of erotic attraction. Apuleius deploys magical motifs in ways which reinforce characterization and the way control of the narrative constantly shifts between Cupid, Psyche, and Venus.

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Authors & Contributors
Ogden, Daniel
Bravo García, Antonio
Baldini Moscadi, Loretta
Faraone, Christopher A.
Kropp, Amina
Michalopoulos, Andreas N.
MHNH (Revista Internacional de Investigación sobre Magia y Astrología Antiguas)
American Journal of Philology
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Ambix: Journal of the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry
Oxford University Press
Brill Styx
de Gruyter
University of Texas Press
Rowman & Littlefield
Pennsylvania State University Press
Science and literature
Occult sciences
Witchcraft; demonology
Poetry and poetics
Linguistic or semantic analysis
Apuleius, Lucius
Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de
Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)
Time Periods
15th century
16th century
Early modern
Rome (Italy)
Middle and Near East
Persia (Iran)

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