|The Greek Magical Papyri. by Hans Dieter Betz. Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic. by Stephen Skinner|
I have enjoyed traveling back in time 2,000 years through the Temples of Alexandria, Egypt. The Papyri Graecae Magicae (PGM) is a fascinating collection of texts, ranging from the 2nd Century BC to the 5th Century AD, and is representative of the magical practices in Egypt at that time. It is particularly interesting to look at it in terms of lineage and see the various practices that have continued on, albeit in modified forms. Some workings in the ancient PGM papyri later reappeared in Byzantium (the Hygromanteia), and then reappeared again in medieval grimoires like the Clavicula Salomonis (Key of Solomon).
If you're interested, I would suggest buying these two books (in the photo) together as a set. The Greek Magical Papyri is not a particularly easy read, and Dr. Stephen Skinner's companion book kindly creates some order out of the chaos.
"The Greek magical papyri" is a collection of magical spells and formulas, hymns, and rituals from Greco-Roman Egypt, dating from the second century B.C. to the fifth century A.D. Containing a fresh translation of the Greek papyri, as well as Coptic and Demotic texts, this new translation has been brought up to date and is now the most comprehensive collection of this literature, and the first ever in English.
The Greek Magical Papyri in Transition is an invaluable resource for scholars in a wide variety of fields, from the history of religions to the classical languages and literatures, and it will fascinate those with a general interest in the occult and the history of magic.
Uncover the Techniques Used by Graeco-Egyptian Magicians
Egypt was once at the heart of magical practice, and the Graeco-Egyptian papyri are the clearest and most extensive documentation of some of these earliest methods. Using academic tools, Stephen Skinner has translated and presented the information contained in the papyri so that the magic will transcend theory and become a real practice.
More than simply a guide to the papyri, Techniques of Graeco-Egyptian Magic is a complete survey and explanation of the techniques, including:
Attracting love, health, and foresight
Bowl and lamp skrying
Sending of dreams
Mystery rites for fellowship with the gods
Uncover the techniques once used by Graeco-Egyptian magicians to bring this powerful magic into your life.