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by Archaeology Newsroom

Hocus-pocus in Greco-Roman Egypt

Hundreds of charms preserved on papyrus, parchment, silver, gold and precious stones in Greek, Demotic (ancient Egyptian cursive hieroglyphics) and Coptic (the native Egyptian language written in Greek letters from about the 1st century until the 8th century AD.) have been found in Egypt. The humorous scenario presented in this article is based on one of these texts and gives a picture of the main magical beliefs and practices current in Egypt under Augustus.