Abstract

Abstract:

There are cases in which the worlds of ritual practice and fierce anti-magical invective intersect. This paper focuses on one of the clearest examples of such intersection during late antiquity: Leiden, Ms. AMS 9 (a.k.a. P. Anastasy 9) – a late-antique Coptic codex with spells for exorcism, healing, and protection, which simultaneously engages in fierce rhetoric against illicit rituals. By highlighting the ways the practitioner behind this codex navigated the distinction between licit and illicit ritual in light of his late antique Mediterranean contexts, this paper also seeks to make a broader statement about anti-magic invective during late antiquity.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1940-5111
Print ISSN
1556-8547
Pages
pp. 230-254
Launched on MUSE
2019-12-24
Open Access
No
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