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AbstractHistorische und ethnographische Parallelen belegen, dass bei rituellen Handlungen, die einen Umschwung der herrschenden Witterungsverhältnisse bewirken sollen, häufig das Schema der Umkehrung zur Anwendung kommt, um die gewünschte Veränderung symbolisch zu befördern. Vor diesem...
AbstractAn analysis of the rhetorical strategies used in the so-called Greek Magical Papyri to bolster the authority of the authors provides insight into the authors of these texts and their intended audiences. This article reviews the scholarship on the identity of the composers of the Greek...
AbstractThis study proposes a new interpretation of the texts of two late ancient or early Byzantine papyrus amulets that refer to conflict with “headless” entities (PGM P 5a–b). Based on the identification of parallels in the Byzantine and later Greek tradition, a traditional incantation motif...
AbstractThe present paper provides a plausible interpretation of how a variety of literary elements and religious practices can augment our current understanding of ancient Orphism, although all of the sources seem to reflect a common religious function. The analysis is primarily based on close...
AbstractGreek devotional activity from the eighth through third centuries included the accumulation of common votive types, many of which exhibited similar motifs and repetitive designs. This paper explores constructed assemblages by focusing on the dedication of objects featuring visual and...
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