Before the Broom: Women and Witchcraft in the Ancient Mediterranean World
An overview on female witchcraft in the ancient world, with special attention devoted to the varying relationships between women social status and witchcraft in the three main cultures that would be treated (Pharaonic Egypt, ancient Greece and pre and post-republican Rome), through the following steps:
Tell me your name – Female priesthood, wise women and magical power in ancient Egypt
Over the moon – Greek witches and the infamous Thessaly
Hear me Cackle! – How the Romans gave us the Wicked Witch
Throw me an apple – Magic and female prostitution in the ancient world
I am an Italian witch, High Priestess and teacher in the Temple of Ara tradition (Tempio di Ara, in Italy: www.tempiodiara.it ). I graduated with honors in Archaeology and Ancient World Cultures from Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna; my field of specialization is ancient magical/religious technology and culture.
I have been leading circles for the Temple of Ara since 2008 and actively teaching study groups and advanced workshops since 2012. As an artisan, I also create shamanic and magical tools focused on European magical traditions.