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The history of wizardry comes alive with dozens of unique portraits capturing the most remarkable and infamous practitioners of magic and alchemy. Combining up-to-date historical scholarship and his own keen interpretations of primary texts, Guy Ogilvy develops a fascinating saga of magical thought and practice.

The story begins with the prehistoric culture of the Lion Man and moves on to Orpheus and the great figures of myth. Discover the unparalleled influence of Pythagoras and the pre-Socratics as they experience the mysterious glories of Apollo's touch. Behold the leading alchemists of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance as they carry forth the surviving wisdom of the ancients, working their unique magic even as powerful social and political forces align against them.

Magic is a vital element of history. The Great Wizards of Antiquity weaves together the loose threads of magic to form a comprehensive tapestry, challenging the ideas brought forth by peddlers of the mundane and returning a sense of enchantment to its rightful place in the human spirit.

In this book, you will discover the beliefs and teachings of sorcerers, healers, philosophers, alchemists, and mythological figures, including:

The Lion Man

Animal magic & the modern mind


Incantations & the magic of music


Wild rites & the gift of wine


Metempsychosis & the wisdom of the cave dwellers


Open secrets & the immortality of souls

The Pythia

The oracle at Delphi & ecstatic prophecy


Sacred caves & the unknown gods


The golden arrow & the Hyperborean Apollo


Thrace & the Celtic connection


Astral travel & the preeminence of psyche


The form of a raven & the wonders of Apollo


The man who knows & the nightmare ride to hell


Bronze sandals & the four elements


Transmutation & inner purification

J'bir ibn 'ayy'n 

Islamic alchemy & the theory of balance

Jan Baptista Van Helmont

The stranger & the projecting powder

The Comte de Saint-Germain

Universal medicine & the elixir of life


Legendary cures & the open book of nature

James Price

The Royal Society & the Philosopher's Stone

The Great Wizards of Antiquity

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