Comments upon Two Fragments of a Cryptographic Papyrus

Bajnok, Dániel and Pataricza, Dóra (2003) Comments upon Two Fragments of a Cryptographic Papyrus. Acta Antiqua, 43 (3-4). pp. 345-354. ISSN 0044-5975

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This short notification tries to examine the two remained fragments of a Greek magical cryptographic papyrus (POsl III, 75, and PMich inv. 534) from new aspects. Regarding the characters of the cryptographic alphabet used in the text, it seems plausible that Greek music notation had a significant effect on the development of the cipher, as far as the transformation methods are concerned. The next section draws attention not only to the uncertain parts of the present transcription but also to the problematic points of Karl Preisendanz's interpretation of the whole magic spell. It also implies a new interpretation, which does not assume that the author “confused” the names of Typhon and Osiris but suggests that the spell is addressed to much more vicious powers than Isis.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: P Language and Literature / nyelvészet és irodalom > PA Classical philology / klasszika-filológia
Depositing User: xKatalin xBarta
Date Deposited: 30 Jan 2017 09:01
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2017 09:01

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