In Pursuit of Invisibility : Ritual Texts from Late Roman Egypt, Hardback Book

In Pursuit of Invisibility : Ritual Texts from Late Roman Egypt Hardback

Part of the American Studies in Papyrology series


A close examination of invisibility in the context of the Greco-Roman world, from the role invisibility enjoys as a literary motif to the ritual spells whose logos and praxis in magic papyri promise the individual that he will move about unseen by others.

Capping the six chapters investigating invisibility in fiction and in handbooks of magic, Phillips examines the relevant papyri, evaluating the Greek texts and translating them into English, as well as offering thorough commentary for each text (e.g. Oxy LVIII 3931, and six examples drawn from the Papyri Graecae Magicae .

Includes bibliographical references and pertinent indices of the Greek.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 160 pages, 8 pls, 10 b/w images
  • Publisher: American Society of Papyrologists
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  • Category: Magic, spells & alchemy
  • ISBN: 9780970059192



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