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Magical spells: late first century AD

The practice of magic, generally erotic or aggressive in purpose, must have been a major preoccupation for many people. This extensive text — it continues on the back — contains an extraordinary and complex blend of Greek and Egyptian religious and mythological elements.

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri vol.LXV no.4468