- Paperback: 406 pages
- Publisher: University of Chicago Press; 2nd edition (1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0226044475
- ISBN-13: 978-0226044477
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 10 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation: Including the Demotic Spells: Texts (Volume 1) 2nd Edition
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The Greek Magical Papyri arrived a little later than I expected, but it was worth the wait. I haven't looked at every spell, but I recognized some of the material from 'The Mithras Liturgy' in respect with Mithras, whose various complex and unique names of divine light and divine fire were replaced in this Papyri to a lesser differentiated and aggregate collective name of 'Apollo' or 'Sol', and possibly to the angelic name of 'Michael'.
I am, however, elated at owning it at last... I recommend its study along with 'The Papyrus of Ani' and the ' The Mithras Liturgy'. The three should be purchased together. I recommend purchasing The Mithras Liturgy edition that is paraphrased in Greek so that these divine names can be studied in its respective language.
I found the translations here to be accessible and to the point, Some of the charms were rather amusing (to have an erection anoint your "thing"---translator's words!---with a mixture of honey and pepper), to fairly well outside what I would consider ethical (large numbers of charms requiring the drowning of animals).
All in all though this is an unappreciated and important work. I would highly recommend it.
As a look into the everyday lives of our ancestors and how they saw magick as an everyday event it is amazing, worth the hard read to see just what the modern world has lost in it's rush to dismiss what we have difficulty in explaining or are to afraid to ask.