This book is an investigation into the sphere of production and use of two
related bilingual magical handbooks found as part of a larger collection of
magical and alchemical manuscripts around 1828 in the hills surrounding
Luxor, Egypt. Both handbooks, dating to the Roman period, contain an
assortment of recipes for magical rites in the Demotic and Greek language.
The library which comprises these two handbooks is nowadays better known as
the Theban Magical Library.
The book traces the social and cultural milieu of the composers, compilers
and users of the extant spells through a combination of philology,
sociolinguistics and cultural analysis. To anybody working on Greco-Roman
Egypt, ancient magic, and bilingualism this study is of significant