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The Leyden Papyrus Egyptian Magic

3.67 of 5 stars 3.67  ·  rating details  ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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"Dating to the second or third century [AD], this papyrus was key to the decipherment of the Demotic Ancient Egyptian dialect. It is also of great importance for the study of magic in antiquity. Included are spells to cure diseases, obtain visions, raise the dead, etc., as well as a number of spells for erotic purposes. The text contains invocations to a
Paperback, 141 pages
Published by Forgotten Books (first published June 1st 1974)
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Dec 23, 2012 Michael rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: egyptology students, typhonian magicians, khemetic orthodox
Recommended to Michael by: Don Webb
Shelves: anthropology, magic
This book is getting three stars sort of by default, although I considered giving it two. In my system, three stars represents a book in which the author/s succeeded in accomplishing whatever it was they set out to do, but nothing more. In this case, I'm honestly not certain what the editors intended, and I doubt if even they really understood what the original author was doing, so I'm giving it the benefit of the doubt.

I will begin by describing what the volume is before discussing its possible
James F
This is a translation of demotic (Egyptian) spells and rituals. The translation is very old (Dover reprint of a 1904 original). It gives some idea of the popular ideas of religion in Hellenistic Egypt, but is very repetitious. Hans Dieter Betz, The Greek Magic Papyri in translation, is newer and more comprehensive. With both books however I could understand why Harry Potter fell asleep in his History of Magic classes.
K. Carters
This is one of several books I used for research but this one wasn't as gripping as others that I studied in the past month or so. It was a tough read and I found that I was plodding along in some parts. It's only really for the serious reader and I sort of wanted a fly-by account.
I loved this little book! These are transcriptions of Egyptian magical papyri that show the folk magic and spellcraft sometimes employed by the ancient Egyptians. Sometimes the translations are a bit funky and hard to read, but overall it's an interesting experience.
It was a fascinating read for an Egyptophile like me!
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Francis Llewellyn Griffith (1862–1934) was an British Egyptologist of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
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