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Description - Magic in Ancient Egypt (Revised and Updated edition) by Geraldine Pinch

"Magic in Ancient Egypt" makes a welcome reappearance in this revised and updated edition. The Egyptians were famous in the ancient world for their knowledge of magic. Religion, medicine, technology and what we would call magic co-existed without apparent conflict, and it was not unusual for magical and 'practical' remedies for illness, for example, to be used side by side. Magic was resorted to by everyone, from the pharaoh guarding his country with elaborate magical rituals to the expectant mother wearing amulets to safeguard her unborn child. The book examines the fascinating connections between myth and magic, and the deities such as Bes and Isis who had special magical importance. It discusses the techniques of magic, its practitioners and the surviving magical texts, as well as the objects which were used in magic: figurines, statues, amulets and wands. A chapter is devoted to medicine and magic, and one to magic and the dead. Finally, it shows how elements and influences from Egyptian magic survived in or were taken up by later societies, right up to the 21st century.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780714119366
ISBN-10: 0714119369
Format: Paperback
(206mm x 211mm x 11mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: British Museum Press
Publisher: British Museum Press
Publish Date: 31-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Geraldine Pinch

Dr Geraldine Pinch lectures in Egyptology at Oxford University. She is the author of numerous books on ancient Egypt.

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