Magic in Late Antiquity

I’m quite busy at the moment, so today’s post is not only late, but also very short. I would, however, like to draw attention to a very interesting site, “Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity“, put together by the University of Michigan Library. It presents a series of magic “recipe books” and amulets (mostly from Egypt) in the library’s collection.

Amulet of green jasper, from Egypt.

On a similar note, I have been reading Ralph Merrifield’s The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic, but that really deserves an entry of its own (coming soon).

Ralph Merrifield. 1987. The Archaeology of Ritual and Magic. New York.

Update: Lynn LiDonnici reviews a new book by Jacob Dieleman on magical manuscrips from Egypt.

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