• Auszüge aus magischen Texten aus Kulturen des Altertums (Griechisch, Hieratisch, Demotisch, Akkadisch): British Library P 122; British Museum P Chester Beatty 7 und P Leiden/London; BM 34065
DFG Kolleg-Forschungsgruppe MagEIA


The first international MagEIA symposium

Actors, Aggressors and Agency in Ancient Magical Texts

will take place at the conference centre Burkardushaus in Würzburg, from 31 October to 2 November 2024.


Thursday 31 October
14:00–15:15 Session 1
14:00   Welcome address
14:15 Christopher Faraone 'And you, o holy chthonic gods, from below send a ghost into the light!' Aeschylus’ Persians 623-71 and the Longue Durée of Ancient Necromancy
14:45 Beatrice Baragli Of Scapegoats, Birds, and the Rest: The King and All His Substitutes in the Mesopotamian Bīt rimki Ritual
15:15–15:45 Coffee break
15:45–16:45 Session 2
15:45 Daniel Kölligan & Saverio Dalpedri Structuring Actors in Magical Texts
16:15 Bernd-Christian Otto CAS-E and MagEIA: Exploring Synchronicities between two Bavarian Centers for Advanced Studies
18:15–21:00 Keynote Lecture and Reception
18:15 Gideon Bohak Conceptualizing Magicians and Witches in the Ancient World
19:30   Reception
Friday 1 November
9:00–10:30 Session 3
9:00 Sara Chiarini The Social Agency of Ancient Curse Tablets
9:30 Theresa Roth & Matthias Donners Conceptualizations and Linguistic Representations of Antagonicity in (Gallo-)Roman Curse Tablets
10:00 Jessica Lamont Early Greek Magic in Sicily: Divinities, the Dead, and Human Participants
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:30 Session 4
11:00 Rüdiger Schmitt Witches as Actors in the Hebrew Bible: Mysogynic Polemics and/or Female Healers?
11:30 Charlotte Rose Egyptian Women and their Gods vs. the Evil Dead and their Demons
12:00 Frank Simons Get Them to Do the Easy Bits – The Division of Labour in Šurpu and Other Rituals
12:30–14:30 Lunch break
14:30–16:00 Session 5
14:30 Gaby Abou Samra A New Syriac Manichaean Magical Bowl
15:00 Mersha A. Mengistie Unlocking the Power of Words: The Codex as a Sacred Vessel in Ethiopian Magical Rituals
15:30 Dan Levene The Ethiopic Lefafe Tsedeq, a Text and Object that is the Locus of Ritual Performance
16:00–16:30 Coffee break
16:30–18:00 Session 6
16:30 Jon Beltz "Be Adjured by Heaven, Be Adjured by Earth:” Oath Language in Mesopotamian Incantations
17:00 Susanne Töpfer Magical Aspects in Some Temple Rituals for the Protection of Pharaoh from Tebtunis
17:30 Svenja Nagel Pharaoh, Help Thyself! Empowering the King against Enemies and Dangers in the Pyramid Texts
19:30   Conference dinner
Saturday 2 November
9:30–10:30 Session 7
9:30 Sofía Torallas Tovar TBA
10:00 Elyze Zomer Stranger Things? New Insights into the Corpus of Kultmittelbeschwörungen
10:30–11:00 Coffee break
11:00–12:45 Session 8
11:00 Daniel Schwemer Twin, Exorcist, and Ruler of the World. The Remarkable Career of a Valiant Doorkeeper
11:30 Giulia Torri Divine Intervention in Hittite ritual Practice
12:00 Martin Stadler Actors, Aggressors, and Agency in the Horus Temple of Edfu: The North Wall of the Enclosure Wall
12:30   Concluding remarks and farewell