Aspects of Temporality in Greek Magical Papyri



Year of publication 2018
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Graeco-Latina Brunensia
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Faculty of Arts

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Keywords ancient magic; Greek magical papyri; ritual time; temporality
Description This study aims to analyze 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 concerning the performance of spell-rituals. These questions are evaluated quantitatively using the statistical analysis, which offers a more systematic and detailed understanding of the temporal dynamics in the practice of magic in antiquity. A principal 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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