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Magical Hymns from Roman Egypt
A Study of Greek and Egyptian Traditions of Divinity

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  • Date Published: October 2016
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  • isbn: 9781316673430

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  • This interdisciplinary study investigates the divine personas in the so-called magical hymns of the Greek magical papyri which, in a corpus usually seen as a significant expression of religious syncretism with strong Egyptian influence, were long considered to be the 'most authentically Greek' contribution. Fifteen hymns receive a line-by-line commentary focusing on religious concepts, ritual practice, language and style. The overarching aim is to categorise the nature of divinity according to its Greek or Egyptian elements, examining earlier Greek and Egyptian sources and religious-magical traditions in order to find textual or conceptual parallels. Are the gods of the magical hymns Greek or Egyptian in nature? Did the magical hymns originate in a Greek or Egyptian cultural background? The book tries to answer these questions and to shed light on the religious plurality and/or fusion of the two cultures in the treatment of divinity in the Greek magical papyri.

    • The first interdisciplinary study of the magical hymns of Graeco-Roman Egypt
    • Provides detailed commentaries on fifteen of the most important hymns
    • Provides an important reassessment of the cultural and religious background of the magical hymns
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    • Date Published: October 2016
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781316673430
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    Part I. Hymns to the Male Deity
    Part II. Hymns to the Female Chthonic/Lunar Deity
    Conclusions.

  • Author

    Ljuba Merlina Bortolani, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Germany
    Ljuba Merlina Bortolani has studied classics, Egyptology and papyrology and is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Cluster of Excellence 'Asia and Europe in a Global Context' at the University of Heidelberg, working on the project 'Cultural plurality and the fusion of traditions between East and West: the magic of transculturality'.

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