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date: 27 June 2019

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This article focuses on astrologers and magicians in Roman society, who both provided specialized skills and services that gave them a considerable degree of social power and popularity. This article also shows that these two groups were also restricted to the margins of polite society, and were even subject to coercive actions from political authorities. The article begins by identifying the characteristics magicians and astrologers had in common. It then discusses each of them separately, before making a basic distinction between the two.

Keywords: astrologers, magicians, social power, coercive actions, political authorities

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