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Plato also mentions that some of the mystery rites taught by the wandering experts promised to help improve the situation of those who had already died – this would be good for a suffering ghost, of course, but might also help any living relatives whom the unhappy ghost was persecuting. The duties of the γόης as an invoker of the dead and an initiator into mysteries came together in the mythical figure of Orpheus, whom several ancient sources call a γόης. Orpheus is well known to most modern readers for the first of these two talents: the story of his trip to Hades to retrieve the soul of his dead wife has been told by Vergil, Ovid and many a later poet.

By his knowledge, the magician is enabled to enter it and to some extent modify at least some of the system’s programs. To return to the two examples above: it was not originally encoded in the working project of the system that someone should be loved by all, or that he shouldn’t have stomach pains. The two gems show that the magician has the power to change this. But while the Chnoubis gems were used only for one purpose (at least according to our sources), the effect of the Aphrodite amulets is complex: the demon enclosed in the gem has complicated tasks.

But if we glance back through this chapter, we will notice something else: frequently, the γόης was associated with races of people who were considered foreign by the ancient Greeks who told these stories. Orpheus was Thracian and the γόητες who controlled Pausanias’ ghost were Thessalians; in classical Greece, both Thrace and Thessaly were viewed as strange lands at the border of civilization. Epimenides was from Crete, another land viewed as mysterious and potentially dangerous by mainland Greeks.

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