Objects & Places from The Magus

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The emotionally and physically dingy city in which Nicholas both begins and ends his journey.


This is the island upon which the school at which Nicholas teaches and the villa in which he's transformed are both built.

The Lord Byron School

This is the school on Phraxos at which Nicholas works.


This is where the majority of Nicholas' encounters with the individuals and experiences that change his life and perspectives take place.

The Priapus

This small statue of an archetypal male figure with a grotesquely huge penis.

The Statue of Poseidon

The presence of this, as well as the way Nicholas meets several important characters in its shadow, suggests that while on the island and at Bourani, Nicholas is, on some level, encountering the primal forces of existence.


These appear in several manifestations throughout the novel, both in literal and metaphorical ways.

The Underground Cave

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