Aspects of temporality in Greek magical papyri

Source document: Graeco-Latina Brunensia. 2018, vol. 23, iss. 1, pp. 181-194
Extent
181-194
  • ISSN
    1803-7402 (print)
    2336-4424 (online)
Type: Article
Language
English
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Abstract(s)
The aim of this study is to analyse the aspects of temporality in Greek magical papyri. The research presented in this paper is divided into two conceptual parts. In the first part, the paper focuses on the question, which time (i.e. of the day/month/year) is the most suitable to perform the spell-ritual according to papyri-texts. In the second part, the paper deals with the question of duration with regard to the performance of spell-rituals. These questions are evaluated quantitatively by the means of the statistical analysis, which offers a more systematic and detailed understanding of the temporal dynamics in practice of magic in antiquity. A key source for this study was the Betz's edition of the Greek magical papyri (1986), compared to the Preisendanz's Papyri Graecae magicae: die griechischen Zauberpapyri (2001).
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