ICS Select Bibliography: Magic

Magical Amulets and Tablets:

Bailliot. Magalie. Magie Et Sortilèges Dans L'antiquité Romaine. Paris: Hermann éditeurs, 2010.

Bohak, Gideon. Ancient Jewish Magic: A History. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008.

Bonner, Campbell. Studies in Magical Amulets: chiefly Graeco-Egyptian. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1950.

Boschung, Dietrich and Jan N. Bremmer, eds., The Materiality of Magic. Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink, 2015

The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database (CBd) (link)

Collins. Derek. Magic in the Ancient Greek World. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2008.

Delatte, Armand and Philippe Derchain, Les intailles magiques gréco-égyptiennes. Paris: Bibliothèque nationale, 1964.

DT –Audollent, Auguste, ed. Defixionum tabellae. Quotquot innotuerunt tam in Graecis orientis quam in totius occidentis partibus praeter Atticas in corpore inscriptionum Atticarum editas. Paris: Fontemoing, 1904.

Eidinow, Esther. Oracles, Curses and Risk among the Ancient Greeks. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007.

Entwistle, Christopher and Noël Adams, eds. 'Gems of Heaven': Recent Research on Engraved Gemstones in Late Antiquity (British Museum Research Papers no. 179). London: British Museum, 2011.

Faraone, Christopher. “Magic and Medicine in the Roman Imperial Period: Two Case Studies,” in G. Bohak, Gideon, Yuval Harari, and Shaul Shaked, eds. Continuity and Innovation in the Magical Tradition. Leiden ; Bosto: Brill, 2011, pp. 135-56.

Faraone, Christopher. “Text, Image and Medium: The Evolution of Greco-Roman Magical Gemstones” in Gems of Heaven: Recent Research on Engraved Gemstones in Late Antiquity (British Museum Research Papers no. 179), eds. Chrisopher Entwistle and Noël Adams. London: British Museum, 2011, pp. 50-61.

Faraone. Christopher. "Binding and Burying the Forces of Evil: The Defensive Use of "Voodoo Dolls" in Ancient Greece," in Classical Antiquity 10 (1991), pp. 165-220.

Frankfurter, David. Religion in Roman Egypt: Assimilation and Resistance. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1998.

Gager, John G. Curse Tablets and Binding Spells from the Ancient World. New York: Oxford University Press, 1992.

Gordon, Richard. “Showing the Gods the Way: Curse-tablets as Deictic Persuasion,” in Religion in the Roman Empire 1.2 (2015), pp. 148-80.

Graf, Fritz. Magic in the Ancient World, trans. Philip Franklin (Revealing Antiquity, 10). Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1997.

van den Hoek, Annewies, John J. Herrmann, Jr., and Denis Feissel.  "More Lucky Wearers: The Magic of Portable Inscriptions," in The Materiality of Magic (Morphomata 20), eds. Dietrich Boschung and Jan Bremmer. Paderborn: Wilhelm/Fink, 2015, pp. 309-56, plates 13a-b.

Jordan, David. “A Survey of Greek Defixiones Not Included in the Special Corpora,” in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 26 (1985), pp. 151-97.

Jordan, David. “New Greek Curse Tablets (1985-2000),” in Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies. 41 (2000), pp. 5-46.

Kotansky, Roy. Greek Magical Amulets: The Inscribed Gold, Silver, Copper, and Bronze "Lamellae": Text and Commentary (Abhandlungen Der Nordrhein-Westfälischen Akademie Der Wissenschaften. Sonderreihe Papyrologica Coloniensia, Vol. 22). Opladen: Westdeutscher Verlag, 1994.

Michel, Simone. Die Magischen Gemmen: zu Bildern und Zauberformeln auf geschnittenen Steinen der Antike und Neuzeit. Berlin: Akademie Verlag, 2004.

Michel, Simone, Peter Zazoff, and Hilde Zazoff. Die magischen Gemmen im Britischen Museum, 2 vols. London: British Museum Press, 2001.

Nagy, Árpád M. “Engineering Ancient Amulets: Magical Gems of the Roman Imperial Period”, in The Materiality of Magic (Morphomata 20), eds. Dietrich Boschung and Jan Bremmer. Paderborn: Wilhelm/Fink, 2015, pp. 205-240.

Ogden, Daniel. "Binding Spells: Curse Tablets and Voodoo Dolls in the Greek and Roman Worlds," in Witchcraft and Magic in Europe: Ancient Greece and Rome, eds. Bengt Ankarloo and Stuart Clark. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999, pp. 1-90.

Robert, Louis. “Amulettes grecques,” in Journal des savants 1.1 (1981), pp. 3-44; reprinted in Opera Minora Selecta 7 (1990), pp. 465–506.

Spier, Jeffrey. "Late Antique Cameos c. A. D. 250-600," in Cameos in Context. The Content Lectures, Martin Henig and Michael Vickers, eds. Oxford, England: Ashmolean Museum; Houlton, Me.: D.J. Content, Inc., 1993, pp. 43-54.

Spier, Jeffrey. “Medieval Byzantine Magical Amulets and Their Tradition,” in Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 56.1 (1993), pp. 25-62.

Versnel, Henk S. "Beyond Cursing: The Appeal for Justice in Judicial Prayers," in Magika Hiera: Ancient Greek Magic and Religion, Christopher A. Faraone and Dirk Obbink, eds. New York: Oxford University Press, 1991, pp. 60-106.

Wilburn, Andrew T. Materia Magica: The Archaeology of Magic in Roman Egypt, Cyprus, and Spain. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2012.