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Title: 'Beware the Evil Eye'
Subtitle: A Closer Glance at a Recent Title
Author(s): KOTANSKY, Roy D.
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 131    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2018   
Pages: 217-237
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.131.1.3284840

Abstract :
This article reviews John H. Elliott’s four-volume opus, Beware the Evil Eye (2015-17), bringing attention to the enormous value of the author’s detailed and far-reaching analysis, while at the same time critically evaluating the author’s contention that the Evil Eye embodies a ‘less magical’ concept in terms of its therapeutic approach. The article also reinforces the presence of Evil Eye beliefs in earlier Dynastic Egypt; challenges some of the supposedly early concepts of the Evil Eye in Greek literature; re-evaluates a critical reference in Ps.-Aristotle’s Problemata 20; and reviews the Greek ‘Bask-’ terminology for the notion of the Evil Eye / Slander.

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