Magical papyri
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A. Introduction

The so-called Magical papyri (M.) are a stillgrowing corpus of sources on magic in Graeco-Roman Egypt (so far: 1st cent. BC – 6th/7th cents. AD). In addition to the Greek pieces under consideration here (standard editions: Papyri Graecae Magicae = PGM [34]; [11]), Demotic [6] and Coptic texts [27] have also been found and edited. Scholars of the M. must always bear in mind that the material compiled in the standard editions should in no way be …

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Schaaf, Ingo, “Magical papyri”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 5 : The Reception of Classical Literature, English edition by Matthijs H. Wibier (2012). Original German-language edition: Die Rezeption der antiken Literatur. Herausgegeben von Christine Walde in Verbindung mit Brigitte Egger. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, Band 7. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2010). Consulted online on 21 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: 9789004218932, 20101111

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