In he visited Italy and in accompanied his father on a journey of exploration to Greece , during which Charles succumbed to fever at Athens. Lenormant returned to Greece three times during the next six years, supervising excavations at Eleusis and gave up all the time he could spare from his official work to archaeological research. These peaceful labors were rudely interrupted by the Franco-Prussian War , when Lenormant served with the army and was wounded in the Siege of Paris. Accomplishments[ edit ] As early as he had turned his attention to Assyrian studies; he was among the first to recognize in the cuneiform inscriptions the existence of a non- Semitic language he named Akkadian today it is known as Sumerian. Most of his varied studies were directed towards tracing the origins of the two great civilizations of the ancient world, which were to be sought in Mesopotamia and on the shores of the Mediterranean. He had a perfect passion for exploration.
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Chaldean Magic The essentials of magic in Chaldea La Magie chez Les Chaldeens, of which this present volume is an enlarged English edition, was issued in the autumn of All these works possess the same characteristic feature: the exposition of Assyrian thought, as evidenced by the language of the cuneiform inscriptions themselves.
Lenormant had revised his book to such an extend, he regarded Chaldean Magic not as a translation, but as a publication on its own. The essentials of magic in Chaldea are presented within the context of comparison or contrast to Egyptian, Median, Turanian, Finno-Tartarian and Akkadian magic, mythologies, religion and speech. Interesting is the Chaldean demonology, with its incubus, succubus, vampire, nightmare and many Elemental spirits, most of them coalesced with the primal powers of nature.
Chaldean Magic dwells on the threshold of predating sjamanistic lore and the later systemization of the occult. This makes the work of Lenormant an invaluable and fascinating source for both the academic and the modern occultist. As early as he had turned his attention to Assyrian studies and was the first to recognize, in the cuneiform inscriptions, the existence of a non-Semitic language, he named Akkadian today it is known as Sumerian.
A discovery, crucial to the understanding of Mesopotamian civilization years before the Christian era. In he became sub-librarian of the Institut de France. While pursuing his classical studies, he also attended lectures of the faculty of law and received his degree as licentiate in
Chaldean magic : its origin and development