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The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the Demotic Spells, Volume 1

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"The Greek magical papyri" is a collection of magical spells and formulas, hymns, and rituals from Greco-Roman Egypt, dating from the second century B.C. to the fifth century A.D. Containing a fresh translation of the Greek papyri, as well as Coptic and Demotic texts, this new translation has been brought up to date and is now the most comprehensive collection of this lite ...more
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Published January 1st 1997 by University Of Chicago Press (first published April 1986)
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Conrad
Mar 29, 2007 Conrad rated it liked it
Interesting stuff. The Greeks had complex magic procedures for, like, getting your goats to be less noisy. This is always passed over in books on Greek philosophy, but it shouldn't be - it's important to remember that when "philosophers and boy-lovers" Aristotle and Plato argued the primacy of reason, they were definitely in the minority.
Aaron Meyer
Jan 10, 2014 Aaron Meyer rated it it was amazing
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For a look at actual spells, formulas, hymns and rituals from the Greco-Roman period, you need look no further. This is an incredible and indespensible resource.
Valenfore Alestreneon
Dec 03, 2012 Valenfore Alestreneon rated it it was amazing
An actual translation of an Authentic Hellenstic Magikal Text! What a true treasure tome!
Mary Overton
PGM IV. 2943-57
"Love-spell of attraction through wakefulness: Take the eyes of a bat and release it alive, and take a piece of unbaked dough or unmelted wax and mold a little dog; and put the right eye of the bat into the right eye of the little dog, implanting also in the same way the left one in the left. And take a needle, thread it with the magical material and stick it through the eyes of the little dog, so that the magical material is visible. And put the dog into a new drinking vessel, at
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What an interesting set of documents.
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Jun 13, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing
this taken in context with nag hamandi- iamblichus' 'on the mysteries..' and the corpus hermeticum really explains a lot.
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Hans Dieter Betz is a German/American scholar of the New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of Chicago. He has made influential contributions to research on Paul's Letter to the Galatians, the Sermon on the Mount and the Greco-Roman context of Early Christianity.
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