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CHAPTER XI

NECROMANCY

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it does not appear that divination by the dead played an important or prominent part in Greek superstition, though there are occasional references to its practice. It is true that literature may be a deceptive guide as to its prevalence among the more superstitious folk, and that art might scruple to touch a' rite with such abhorrent associations except to portray the seemly expedition of Odysseus canonised by the great poet. For necromancy, associated as it is with ghosts and the underworld, always the most insistent powers of fear and darkness which impress the superstitious, naturally goes hand in hand with black magic. And it is in

1 Lukian, Nekyomanteia 10, 470. 23S

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