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H 290 x W 205 mm

132 pages

Illustrated throughout in colour and black & white

Published Jan 2016

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784912475

Digital: 9781784912482

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The Wisdom of Thoth

Magical Texts in Ancient Mediterranean Civilisations

Edited by Grażyna Bąkowska-Czerner, Alessandro Roccati, Agata Świerzowska

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This volume represents a selection of contributions on Mediterranean themes from a wider international interdisciplinary conference on Magical Texts in Ancient Civilizations, organised by the Centre for Comparative Studies of Civilizations at Jagiellonian University in Kraków in Poland between 27-28 June 2013



Preface (Alessandro Roccati); Thoth on magical gems (Grażyna Bąkowska-Czerner, Agata Świerzowska); Magic in the sign: iconic writings in the Litany of Neith at Esna and the performative nature of the divine name(Esna 216.1–4) (Emanuele M. Ciampini); Genius loci. Some religious and magical aspects of graffiti in the ‘tomb of Memnon’ (Ramesses VI) in the Valley of the Kings (Adam Łukaszewicz); Egyptian Predynastic tokens – traces of magic or economic activity? The beginnings of abstract writing and calculating system or a relic of early magical practices (Piotr Kołodziejczyk); The protection of the body in ancient Egyptian texts (Edyta Kopp); Alphabetic magic: traces of a new version of the Cyranides (Attilio Mastrocinque); Jesus in ancient pagan magic: the Anna Perenna drawings (György Németh); Magic in the iconography of 21st Dynasty coffins and papyri (Andrzej Niwiński); The discovery of the fountain of Anna Perenna and its influence on the study of ancient magic. (Marina Piranomonte); The Pyramid Texts as Magical Texts? (Joanna Popielska-Grzybowska); Ramesside magical books in Turin (Alessandro Roccati); Magicians’ instruments in PGM and the archaeological evidence: some examples (Carla Sfameni); Egyptian Theological Lore in PGM IV: a religious-historical commentary (Giulia Sfameni Gasparro); Sorcery among powerless corpses. An interpretation of the ‘restless dead’ in Greek curses, imprecations and verse inscriptions (Andrzej Wypustek)