Download PDF by Hans Dieter Betz: The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation, Including the

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By Hans Dieter Betz

ISBN-10: 0226044440

ISBN-13: 9780226044446

A translation of the gathering of magical spells and formulation, hymns, and rituals from Greco-Roman Egypt, relationship from the second one century B.C. to the 5th century A.D.

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5. PGM LVII and LXXII are evcn written in cryptography. See also my ardcle 'The Formation of Authoritative Tradition in the Greek Magical Papyri," in Jewish and ChIwtian SeF Definition, vol. 3: SeFDeJinitron in the Gmco-Roman World,ed. B. F. Meyer and E. P Sanders (Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1982), 161-70. 6. A definition ofthe notion of magc cannot he attempted here. In order to provide an adequate definition, the complcxitics of rhc notion, its relations with "religion" and "science," and the rather frustrating history and literature of the problem would have to be discussed first.

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I (London: British Museum, 1893). 28. S . Eitrcm, PappiOsloenrer,I: Mqical [email protected] (Oslo: Dybwad, 1925). 29. See A. Dicterich, Abrazar (Leipzig: Tcubner, 1891), p. 1, and his rcmark in a review article, "Griechisdie und romischc Religion," ARW 8 (1905) :486-87: Es nimmt mich immer wieder wunder, dass der uncrmeflliche Gcwim, dcr aus den Zauberpapyri nach so viclai Seircn hin zu erlangen ist, nur so urenige Arheiter lockt. Wic manchcr, der rcligionsgeschichrliche Arbeit tun will, tate hesser hier sich m hemiihcn als um Prohleme hcrumzuredcn, zu dcren Losung er doch nichts heitragcn kann.

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