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

Cambridge University Press, 10 oct. 2016
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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.

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Magical hymns
four versions of a hymn to Apollo
III 198230 early fourth
III 54958 early fourth
IV 93948 fourth
XII 24452
Hymns to the female chthoniclunar
IV 2242347 fourth
IV 2574610
Index of subjects
Index of discussed Egyptian epithets
Index of Greek words

II 27 fourth century
VI 645 secondthird century

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

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