Spells / Charms/ Erotic love Magic in the ancient Mediterranean

Spells / Charms/ Erotic love Magic in the ancient Mediterranean

Spells Charms/ Erotic love Magic in the ancient Mediterranean

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Magic is widely attested in archaeological evidence, spell books and literature from both Greece and Rome, as well as Egypt and the Middle East. The Greek Magical Papyri, for example, from Graeco-Roman Egypt, is a large collection of papyri listing spells for many purposes. Such an object is a form of sympathetic magic; a type of enchantment that operates along the principle of “like affects like”. The best preserved and most notorious magical doll from antiquity, the so-called “Louvre Doll” (4th century AD), depicts a naked female in a kneeling position, bound, and pierced with 13 needles.  The accompanying spell, inscribed on a lead tablet, records the woman’s name as Ptolemais and the man who made the spell or commissioned a magician to do so, as Sarapammon.

Violent, brutal language

The spells that accompanied such dolls and, indeed, the spells from antiquity on all manner of topics, were not mild in the language and imagery employed. Ancient spells were often violent, brutal, and without any sense of caution or remorse. In the spell that comes with the Louvre Doll, the language is both frightening and repellent in a modern context. For example, one part of the spell directed at Ptolemais reads:

Such language is hardly indicative of any emotion pertaining to love, or even attraction. Especially when combined with the doll, the spell may strike a modern reader as obsessive (perhaps reminiscent of a stalker or online troll) and even misogynistic. Indeed, rather than seeking love, the intention behind the spell suggests seeking control and domination. Such were the gender and sexual dynamics of antiquity. But in a masculine world, in which competition in all aspects of life was intense, and the goal of victory was paramount, violent language was typical in spells pertaining to anything from success in a court case to the rigging of a chariot race. Indeed, one theory suggests that the more ferocious the words, the more powerful and effective the spell.

Coptic Love Spells I: “You will burn her heart and soul” – Coptic Magical Papyri

 Were erotic spells ever performed by women?

Faraone: Yes, we do have a handful of examples of actual spells, and quite a few literary descriptions, such as Theocritus’ second Idyll, a poem imitated most famously by Vergil in his seventh Eclogue. But in my book, I show that the women who perform erotic magic all seem to be courtesans and prostitutes, and almost never wives and daughters of citizen men.

What surprised you most in your research on Greek love spells and incantations?

Christopher Faraone: I set out to write a book about love magic, and by the time I was done I wasn’t sure that love magic as an all-embracing category was really helpful for understanding the Greeks. What I realized toward the end of the project was that the modern category “love magic” embraced two rather different types of spells, one set designed to produce erôs (“erotic seizure”) in the victim, and the other used to create philia (“affection” or “friendship”). It took me a couple of years to figure this out and as a result, I wrote a book that was very different from the one that I had planned.

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