The Mysteries of Ancient Magic and Alchemy by Guy Ogilvy
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Moving from antiquity up to the Renaissance, Guy Ogilvy’s new book ‘The Great Wizards of History’ is a profound exploration of ideas and practices that were often contested or condemned even as they demonstrated the brilliant results of magical practice. The history of sorcery comes alive with unique portraits of some of the most remarkable, infamous and colourful practitioners of magic and alchemy from prehistory and pre-Socratic Greeks to the Middle Ages and beyond. Guy Ogilvy reveals the fascinating beliefs, techniques, and powers mastered by these influential figures. He talks about how the book came about - as well as certain aspects of the story that he found most unexpected, such as the use of shamanic techniques by the so-called pre-Socratic philosophers of Ancient Greece.