We explore the earliest collection of magical texts in the ancient world – The Greek Magical Papyri (PGM) and the Egyptian Demotic spells. The PGM is the greatest collection of ancient magic. Written on papyrus these collections of spells, incantations, evocations, represent the rich cross-pollination between various cultures, religious systems, and forms of magic and divination. From Egyptian, Roman, Jewish, Greek cultures and religions emerges an amazing religious and magical syncretism. This video introduces the PGM and discusses a collection of spells including: an invisibility lotion, the invocation of Helios, a rare example of lesbian love magic, a curse for your boss, magical athletic ability, protection from demons, an anger management spell and more. This video is part of a series on books of magic in history – subscribe for future videos!
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Betz – The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation – 978-0226044477
Ankarloo and Clark – Witchcraft and Magic in Europe vol II – Ancient Greece and Rome – 978-0812217056
Ogden – Magic, Witchcraft, and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman World – 978-0195385205
Waston – Magic in Ancient Greece and Rome – 978-1788312981
Harris – Ancient Egyptian Magic – 978-1578635917
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