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Marinus of Samaria, The Life of Proclus 6

“The parents of Proclus were Patricius and Marcella, Lykians of noble descent and very virtuous. At birth he was welcomed by the Constantinopolitan goddess Poliouchos (Athene), who as it were assisted his mother in childbirth. She might have been considered the cause of his life because he was born in the town she protects and saves; and who, when he reached childhood and youth, made him live well: for she appeared to him in a dream inducing him to follow philosophy. That is how he began so close an intimacy with the goddess, so that he sacrificed especially to her, and practiced her precepts with the greatest enthusiasm.” – Marinus of Samaria, The Life of Proclus 6

Ps-Athanasius, Homily on the Virgin, 92, 95

“There are among us today those who practice abominations in city and village. For it is said that some of them ablute their children in polluted water and water from the arena, from the theater, and moreover they pour all over themselves water with incantations spoken over it, and they break their clay pots claiming it repels the evil eye. Some tie amulets on their children, hand-crafted by men—those men who provide a place for the dwelling of demons—while others anoint themselves with oil that is evil and incantations and such things that they tie on their heads and necks.” – Ps-Athanasius, Homily on the Virgin, 92, 95

Shenoute, Acephalous Work 14.255–59

“At the time of suffering, those fallen into poverty or in sickness or … indeed some other trial abandon God and run after enchanters or diviners or indeed seek other acts of deception, just as I myself have seen: the snake’s head tied on someone’s hand, another one with the crocodile’s tooth tied to his arm, and another with fox claws tied to his legs—especially since it was an official who told him that it was wise to do so! Indeed, when I demanded whether the fox claws would heal him, he answered, ‘It was a great monk who gave them to me, saying ‘Tie them on you [and] you will find relief.’’ Listen to this impiety! Fox claws! Snakes’ heads! Crocodiles’ teeth! And many other vanities that men put on themselves for their own relief, while others deceive them. Moreover, this is the manner that they anoint themselves with oil or that they pour over themselves water while receiving ministrations from enchanters or drug-makers, with every deceptive kind of relief … Still again, they pour water over themselves or anoint themselves with oil from elders of the church, or even from monks!” – Shenoute, Acephalous Work 14.255–59

P. Oxy. 7.1070

“O my sister, know that the prayer which I previously made to all the gods for the preservation of yourself and our child and your brother and your father and your mother and all our circle now goes up with far greater force in the great Serapeion; I implore the great god Serapis on behalf of your life and that of all our circle and for the good hopes that are allotted to mankind.” – P. Oxy. 7.1070

P. Oxy. 14.1758

“I pray for you health and health for your children, whom the evil eye may not harm, and I make supplication for you before the great Serapis, praying for you and all your household the best of things.” – P. Oxy. 14.1758

The Epistles of Diogenes 36.1-30

The Epistles of Diogenes 36.1-30:

“I came to Cyzicus and, while making my way along the road, I saw this written on a doorway: ‘The son of Zeus, the gloriously triumphant Herakles, lives here. Let no evil enter.’ Then after going on a bit, I saw another door with the same iambic verse written on it.

“But what,” I continued, “do you citizens of Cyzicus consider to be evil?”
“Sickness, poverty, death, things of that sort,” he said.
“Then you believe that if these should enter your house they will harm you; but if not, they will do you no injury and that is why you put this verse up?”