Religious Studies

Magical Gems In their Contexts

Proceedings of the International Workshop held in the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, 16-18 February 2012

Edited by Kata Endreffy, M. Nagy Arpad, Jeffrey Spier

Studia Archaeologica, 229
2019, 382 pp., 100 ill. col., 20 tav.
Paperback, 17 x 24 cm
ISBN: 9788891312976
ISSN: 0081-6299

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    The studies in this book derive from an international workshop held in Budapest in 2012 on magical gems: precious stone amulets engraved with inscriptions, images and magical signs, which represent the most sophisticated amulet type of the Roman Imperial Period. With contributors from a number of scholarly disciplines (classical archaeology, classical philology, Egyptology, Jewish studies, history of religions), the book provides a comprehensive overview of its subject, highlighting the many perspectives from which it can be studied, and bringing this long neglected object group on the wider horizons of classical research.

    Kata Endreffy is curator at the Collection of Classical Antiquities of the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. She is an Egyptologist and editor of the Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database.

    Árpád M. Nagy is Keeper of the Collection of Classical Antiquities at the Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, with research focused on ancient iconography and sculpture. He is the editor-in-chief of the Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database.

    Jeffrey Spier is Senior Curator of Antiquities at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. His interests include Greek art, early Christian iconography, gems and jewelry from Greek to Byzantine times, and magical amulets.

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    Foreword
    Shua Amorai-Stark and Shimon Ilani: Magical Gem Amulets from Caesarea Maritima: Intact' and Broken' Hematite Intaglios
    Gideon Bohak: The Use of Engraved Gems and Rings in Ancient Jewish Magic
    Véronique Dasen: One God May Hide Another: Magical Gems in a Cross-Cultural Context
    Kirsten Dzwiza: Magical Signs: An Extraordinary Phenomenon or Just Business as Usual? Analysing Decoration Patterns on Magical Gems
    Christopher a. Faraone: Magical Gems as Miniature Amuletic Statues
    Felicity Harley-Mcgowan: Jesus the Magician? A Crucifi xion Amulet and its Date
    Despina Ignatiadou: Two Magical Gems from the Roman Cemetery in Thessaloniki
    Genevra Kornbluth: Pilulae and Bound Pendants: Roman and Merovingian Amulets
    Sonia Macri`: The Gems of Greco-Roman Literature: Real Features and Symbolic Reconfiguration
    Attilio Mastrocinque: Iconographies of Ialdabath
    Simone Michel-Von Dungern: Vom Erhellen des Verdunkelten und Sichtbarmachen des unsichtbar Gedachten: Zur Ausstellung als Medium der Wissenschaftskommunikation
    Árpád Mikloáls Nagy: Figuring out the Anguipes Gems, bis: A Statistical Overview
    Maria Nilsson and John Ward: Mason or Priest? A Comparison between Graeco-Roman Signs on Magical Amulets and Symbols in Egyptian Quarries
    Joachim Friedrich Quack: From Egyptian Traditions to Magical Gems: Possibilities andPitfalls in Scholarly Analysis
    Vìra lancarovál and Daniela Urbanovál: Magical Gems from Collections in the Czech Republic
    Jeffrey Spier: Solomon and Asmodaios on Greco-Roman Magical Amulets and Rings
    Eleni Tsatsou: Uterine Amulets: Amulets that Protect the Uterus or that Reinforce Erotic Desire?
    Paolo Vitellozzi: The Sword of Dardanos: New Thoughts on a Magical Gem in Perugia
    Erika Zwierlein-Diehl: Dating Magical Gems
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