Witchcraft # People have been accused of practicing witchcraft as early as Egyptian and Roman times. revealing the anxieties of each particular society. Early Christians persecuted many innocent people who rejected their beliefs for sorcery; as wizards, warlocks or witches. Biblical passages such as Exodus 22:18 are clear on the matter: “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live”. The first recorded victim was Hypatia, a Greek mathematician, astronomer, inventor, and philosopher in Egypt, then a part of the Eastern Roman Empire.