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From Ritual To Magic: Ancient Egyptian Precursors Of The Charitesion And Their Social Setting

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Among the magical rituals attested in the Greek-language papyri of the Roman imperial period, there is one specific genre called charitesion. This aims at giving the beneficiary favor, love and similar gains, normally before the king or men in general. Up to now, three specific studies have been devoted to it. One is an article by Faraone, another is a lengthy remark within the commentary by Kotansky and Finally, Winkler noted the interlacing of spells for charm and violence, stressing how this is the necessary form in an agonistic, masked and duplicitous society. Faraone's remarks have to be seen within the context of his general work on Greek magic often no more than a technique as such, without paying attention to the question whether such a technique was in any way likely to be specific enough for attribution to any single culture.

Keywords: Charitesion; Faraone; Greek-language; Kotansky; Roman imperial period; Winkler



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