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Making Amulets Christian: Artefacts, Scribes, and Contexts

Theodore de Bruyn


This book examines Greek amulets with Christian elements from late antique Egypt in order to discern the processes whereby a customary practice—the writing of incantations on amulets—changed in an increasingly Christian context. It addresses three questions. First, how did the formulation of incantations and amulets change as the Christian church became the prevailing religious institution in Egypt in the last centuries of the Roman Empire? Second, what can we learn from incantations and amulets containing Christian elements about the cultural and social location of the people who wrote them? ... More

Keywords: Christianity, Egypt, Late Antiquity, incantations, amulets, scribes, individuality, tradition, rituals, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780199687886
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199687886.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Theodore de Bruyn, author
Associate Professor, Department of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Ottawa