New Insights into Individual Magical Handbooks

Friday, May 18 - Saturday, May 19

Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society
5701 S. Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60637

This conference will center mainly on papers given by an international team of papyrologists who have collaborated on the Transmission of Magical Knowledge project, which is aimed at re-editing and re-translating the magical handbooks from Late-Antique Egypt. The papers will discuss new insights and discoveries regarding these handbooks, as well as important differences between them, with regard to format, content, and intended use.



9:00–9:15 am
Coffee and Pastries

9:15–9:30 am
Welcome and Introduction, Chris Faraone (University of Chicago)

9:30–10:20 am
Sofia Torallas (University of Chicago): "Papyrus Roll vs. Codex: Magical Handbook as an Arcane Genre"

10:20–11:10 am
Korshi Dosoo (University of Strasbourg/Würzburg): "Theban Magical Library and Other Egyptian Magical Archives"

11:10–11:30 am

11:30–11:50 am
Jacco Dieleman (Washington, DC): "The History and Format of the Reused, Bilingual Papyrus Leiden I 384 (PGM XII/PDM XII)"

11:50 am–12:10 pm
Panagiota Sarischouli (Democritus University, Thrace): "Re-dating P. Leiden I 384 (PGM/PDM XII): Can We Place the Sister-Manuscripts P. Leiden I 384 and P.London-Leiden (PDM/PGM XIV) in Their True Chronological Order?"

12:10–12:30 pm

12:30–1:45 pm

1:45–2:30 pm
Edward Love (University of Oxford): "From Egyptian to Coptic: The Bilingual Spells of PGM III.1, III.2, and IV as a Nexus between Magical Traditions"

2:30–3:20 pm
Michael Zellmann-Roher (University of Oxford): "Philinna and Esenephthys: Two Early Magical Handbooks with Metrical Incantations in Context"

3:20–3:40 pm
Coffee Break

3:40–4:30 pm
Daniela Colomo (University of Oxford) and Marius Gerhardt (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin): "New Insights into Supplementum Magicum 71"

4:30–5:00 pm
Raquel Martín Hernández (UCM Madrid): "PGM VII: New Discoveries and Insights"

5:00–5:50 pm
Anastasia Maravela (University of Oslo): "PGM LXXII and the Tradition of Cryptography in Magical Papyri"

5:50–6:30 pm
Roundtable and Reception



9:00–9:15 am
Coffee and Pastries

9:15–10:00 am
Alberto Nodar (University of Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona): "After the Reunion: Dating and Re-dating PGM VI and II"

10:00–10:50 am
Chris Faraone (University of Chicago): "PGM IV and the Long Format Recipes"

10:50–11:10 am

11:10–11:50 am
Richard Gordon (University of Erfurt): "The Emergence and Rationale of the Multipurpose Stela in the Formulary Tradition"

11:50 am–12:20 pm
Phil Venticinque (Cornell College): "Conjuring Business: Commerce and Social Capital in PGM IV's Business Spells"

12:20 pm
Closing Remarks and Roundtable (followed by closed lunch and closed afternoon meetings for participants)


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