Blurring the Between Magic and Philosophy: Legendary Wizards of the Ancient World
Wizards can also be found in the famous Thousand and One Nights . Like St. Cyprian prior to his conversion, some of these wizards are portrayed negatively.
The Martyrdom of Cyprian and Justina ( Public Domain )
Amongst the more famous wizards in this story is the one found in the story of Aladdin. In this well-known story, it is an African wizard who plays the role of the villain, and tricks Aladdin into finding a magic lamp for him.
What is less known perhaps is that this wizard was killed by Aladdin, and that his brother (also a wizard) wanted to avenge his death. Interestingly, not much is said about the magical prowess of these two wizards, except perhaps, that the second wizard found out about his brother’s death through necromancy.
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The Sorcerer traps Aladdin in the magic cave. ( Public Domain )
Featured image: The Wizard card. Photo source: ( OffbeatWorlds /CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 )
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