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Bibil Identifier bibil:219556
Publication Type Journal article
Title (English, Long) Demonology during the Late Pharaonic and Greco-Roman Periods in Egypt
Author Lucarelli, Rita
Journal Journal of Ancient Near Eastern Religions (Volume: 11, Issue: 2)
Undefined link Master-Demons, Local Spirits, and Demonology in the Roman Mediterranean World: An Afterword to Rita Lucarelli
Year (Publication) 2011
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2011
Year (Copyright) 2011
Year (Reference) 2011
Language English
Pages 109-125 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract This paper gives an overview of the beliefs in demons as perceived by the ancient Egyptians during the later phases of the Pharaonic period and under the Greco and Roman rule. It focuses in particular on the so-called “guardian demons” represented and named on the walls of the Ptolemaic temples such as the temple of Hathor at Dendera. These figures of protectors are in fact later reinterpretations of the demonic guardians of the doors and regions of the netherworld as described in the so-called Book of the Dead. Through this and other examples taken from iconographic and textual sources mentioning demons, it is discussed how the conception and ritual practices concerning “demons” changes significantly in Greco-Roman Egypt as compared to the earlier Pharaonic period.
DOI 10.1163/156921211X603904
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Religion
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : History and Civilization : Hellenistic Period (Ptolemaic)
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Egypt : Literature : Rituals and Magical Texts : Book of the Dead
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