(Acts 19:19), magical arts; jugglery practised by the Ephesian conjurers. Ephesus was noted for its wizard and the "Ephesian spells;" i.e., charms or scraps of parchment written over with certain formula, which were worn as a safeguard against all manner of evils. The more important and powerful of these charms were written out in books which circulated among the exorcists, and were sold at a great price.
There were men who devoted themselves to "curious arts," and had books fraught with hidden knowledge.
Almost all the more elaborate and curious arts were only cultivated abroad, particularly in Italy, Holland, and the Netherlands.
Tiberius was fond of magic, and of the curious arts: it may be, that he commanded the secrets of which Mr. Stevenson has dreamed!