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Friday, April 5, 2019 Weekly Digest

György                                            Németh György Németh
Eötvös Loránd UniversityAncient History, Faculty Member

Bones in dolls.pdf

Graeco-Roman magical practice adopted the use of clay or wax dolls in curses or love spells probably from Egypt. Figurines outside Egypt were made mostly of lead or bronze. Wax statuettes from the Anna Perenna fountain prove that the practice was present also in Europe, but items of wax could survive only under special circumstances. The seven dolls from Rome are peculiar, because they were all moulded around a piece of bone. This paper investigates the possible Egyptian origins of this practice. Keywords: magic dolls; wax dolls; Graeco-Egyptian magic; Anna Perenna; bones

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Henry                                            Colburn Henry Colburn
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Roman Collecting and the Biographies of Egyptian Late Period Statues

Studies of Egyptian Late Period statuary often assume that the extant corpus is a representative sample of the artistic output of the Twenty-Sixth to Thirty-First Dynasties (c. 664–332 BCE). This assumption ignores the various human processes that affect the survival of statues after their initial dedication. In particular, the Roman practice of collecting Egyptian naophorous statues for reuse in cult spaces of Egyptian gods in Italy has skewed the chronological distribution of the corpus in favour of statues of Twenty-Sixth Dynasty date. This in turn informs perceptions of the...

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Martin                                            Andreas Stadler Martin Andreas Stadler
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On the Nature of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Rituals

What are the possible roots of funerary texts beyond the well-known temple liturgies? Shouldn't we acknowledge the rites around the king as further sources? If the answer is 'yes', the varied and rich corpus of mortuary texts from the Ptolemaic and Roman periods could turn out to preserve fragments of rituals that have been otherwise lost. Looking at the tradition from that perspective, the question arises whether the dominant trend in Egyptology to interpret royal rituals from a funerary perspective reverses the reality. This is exemplified by the discussion of the sed-festival that has...

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