Here beginneth auspiciously the first part of this work. Question the First.
Whether the belief that there are such beings as witches is so essential a part of the Catholic faith that obstinately to maintain the opposite opinion manifestly savours of heresy, and it was all downhill from there.
The Boston Globe has an interview with Christopher S. Mackay, translator, and a professor of history and classics at the University of Alberta. The interview is meant for the general public, complete with references to Harry Potter, but Mackay's clearly become familiar with the history of the period.
A one-volume, modern, translation will be convenient, although you can find the online version here.
I'm a woman, a Witch, a mother, a grandmother, an eco-feminist, a gardener, a reader, a writer, and a priestess of the Great Mother Earth. Hecate appears in the
Homeric Ode to Demeter, which tells of Hades who caught Persophone
"up reluctant on his golden car and bare her away lamenting. . . . But no one, either of the deathless gods or of mortal men, heard her voice, nor yet the olive-trees bearing rich fruit: only tenderhearted Hecate, bright-coiffed, the daughter of Persaeus, heard the girl from her cave . . . ."