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Archiv für Religionsgeschichte

Ed. by Bickel, Susanne / Frankfurter, David / Johnston, Sarah Iles / Pironti, Gabriella / Rüpke, Jörg / Scheid, John / Várhelyi, Zsuzsanna

Together with Beard, Mary / Bonnet, Corinne / Borgeaud, Philippe / Henrichs, Albert / Knysh, Alexander / Lissarrague, Francois / Malamoud, Charles / Maul, Stefan / Parker, Robert C. Y. / Shaked, Shaul / Stroumsa, Gedaliahu Guy / Tardieu, Michel / Volokhine, Youri

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Supplemental Persuasive Analogies in PGM V.70–95

Craig Jendza
Published Online: 2014-03-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arege-2013-0016


This analysis of PGM V. 70 - 95 suggests that the persuasive analogy at the heart of the spell, “let the eye of the thief be struck and let it swell up until it betrays him”, is reinforced by a system of supplemental persuasive analogies, consisting of similar transformations in the magical ingredients (materia magica), the syllables of the incantation (voces magicae), and the graphic arrangement of magical vowels (carmina figurata). By comparing these techniques with those found in other spells and in the Hellenistic technopaignia pattern poems, we can more accurately pinpoint the significance of each technique within a given spell. In addition to providing a model for determining supplemental persuasive analogies in other spells, this study proposes that a convergence of numerous analogies indicates a high level of theoretical expertise for the magician, presenting scholars with a method for ascertaining the learnedness of individual practitioners.

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Published Online: 2014-03-26

Published in Print: 2014-03-01

Citation Information: Archiv für Religionsgeschichte, Volume 15, Issue 1, Pages 247–268, ISSN (Online) 1868-8888, ISSN (Print) 1436-3038, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arege-2013-0016.

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