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Ancient Christian magic (1999, Princeton University Press) 4 stars

An excellent companion to the PGM

4 stars

This is a great reference volume for those who have been delving into the Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri. The material is pretty much all Christian, but it is great to see the variety of spells and rituals that were being used by the Christians of that era. Particularly interesting are all the barbarous names and pagan deities mixed in with otherwise Christian material.

My one complaint is that none of the illustrations from the original Coptic papyri are included, so you don't get to see what the various amulets and images actually looked like.