Mystik und Literatur: Interdisziplinäre Perspektiven (Heidelberger Forschungen) 


Giulia Agostini (Hg.), Michael Schulz (Hg.)

Erscheint voraussichtlich: 30.06.2019


Der interdisziplinär angelegte Band hat zum Ziel, das Thema der Mystik aus literatur-wissenschaftlicher, philosophisch-interkultureller und theologisch-interreligiöser Perspektive zu beleuchten. Dabei geht es insbesondere um eine epochenübergreifende Auseinandersetzung mit der Frage nach dem Verhältnis von Mystik und Literatur vom Mittelalter bis in die Gegenwart. Innerhalb dieses weitgespannten Bogens soll der systematische Perspektiven eröffnenden Begegnung zwischen Literaturwissenschaft, Theologie und Philosophie besonderes Gewicht zukommen.

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New Antiquities.Transformations of Ancient Religion in the Ne

w Age and Beyond.


Edited by Dylan Michael Burns and Almut-Barbara Renger, 2019


Just as we speak of “dead” languages, we say that religions “die out.” Yet sometimes, people try to revive them, today more than ever. New Antiquities addresses this phenomenon through critical examination of how individuals and groups appeal to, reconceptualize, and reinvent the religious world of the ancient Mediterranean as they attempt to legitimize developments in contemporary religious culture and associated activity.

Drawing from the disciplines of religious studies, archaeology, history, philology, and anthropology, New Antiquities explores a diversity of cultic and geographic milieus, ranging from Goddess Spirituality to Neo-Gnosticism, from rural Oregon to the former Yugoslavia. As a survey of the reception of ancient religious works, figures, and ideas in later twentieth-century and contemporary alternative religious practice, New Antiquities will interest classicists, Egyptologists, and historians of religion of many stripes, particularly those focused on modern Theosophy, Gnosticism, Neopaganism, New Religious Movements, Magick, and Occulture. The book is written in a lively and engaging style that will appeal to professional scholars and advanced undergraduates as well as lay scholars.

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Table of Contents


1 – Introduction: What are New Antiquities? – Dylan Michael Burns, Almut-Barbara Renger

2 – ‘From Aphrodite to Kuan Yin’ – ‘The Tao of Venus’ and its Modern Genealogy: Invoking Ancient Goddesses in Cos(met)ic Acupuncture – Almut-Barbara Renger

3 – Ancient Goddesses for Modern Times or New Goddesses from Ancient Times? – Meret Fehlmann

4 – The Artifice of Daidalos: Modern Minoica as Religious Focus in Contemporary Paganism – Caroline Jane Tully

5 – Transforming Deities: Modern Pagan Projects of Revival and Reinvention – Kathryn Rountree

6 – Archaeology, Historicity and Homosexuality in the New Cultus of Antinous: Perceptions of the Past in a Contemporary Pagan Religion – Ethan Doyle White

7 – Reading History with the Essenes of Elmira – Anne Kreps

8 – The Jungian Gnosticism of the Ecclesia Gnostica – Olav Hammer

9 – The Impact of Scholarship on Contemporary “Gnosticism(s)”: A Case Study on the Apostolic Johannite Church and Jeremy Puma – Matthew Dillon

10 – Studying the “Gnostic Bible”: Samael Aun Weor and the Pistis Sophia – Franz Winter

11 – Binding Images: The Contemporary Use and Efficacy of Late Antique Ritual Sigils, Spirit-Beings, and Design Elements – Jay Johnston

12 – (Neo-)Bogomil Legends: The Gnosticizing Bogomils of the Twentieth-Century Balkans – Dylan Michael Burns,Nemanja Radulovic

Index – Dylan Michael Burns,Almut-Barbara Renger


Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic

Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World, Volume: 189

Editor: David Frankfurter, 2019


In the midst of academic debates about the utility of the term “magic” and the cultural meaning of ancient words like mageia or khesheph, this Guide to the Study of Ancient Magic seeks to advance the discussion by separating out three topics essential to the very idea of magic. The three major sections of this volume address (1) indigenous terminologies for ambiguous or illicit ritual in antiquity; (2) the ancient texts, manuals, and artifacts commonly designated “magical” or used to represent ancient magic; and (3) a series of contexts, from the written word to materiality itself, to which the term “magic” might usefully pertain.

The individual essays in this volume cover most of Mediterranean and Near Eastern antiquity, with essays by both established and emergent scholars of ancient religions.

In a burgeoning field of “magic studies” trying both to preserve and to justify critically the category itself, this volume brings new clarity and provocative insights. This will be an indispensable resource to all interested in magic in the Bible and the Ancient Near East, ancient Greece and Rome, Early Christianity and Judaism, Egypt through the Christian period, and also comparative and critical theory.





Ancient Magic in a New Key: Refining an Exotic Discipline in the History of Religions – David Frankfurter

The Plan of This Volume – David Frankfurter

Cultural Constructions of Ambiguous, Unsanctioned, or Illegitimate Ritual – David Frankfurter

Mesopotamia – Daniel Schwemer

Iran – Albert de Jong

Egypt – Jacco Dieleman

Greece – Fritz Graf

Ancient Israel and Early Judaism – Yuval Harari

Rome and the Roman Empire – Magali Bailliot

Early Christianity – Joseph E. Sanzo

Roman and Byzantine Egypt – Jacques van der Vliet

The Materials of Ancient Magic – David Frankfurter

The Greco-Egyptian Magical Papyri – Jacco Dieleman

Christian Spells and Manuals from Egypt – Jacques van der Vliet

Binding Spells on Tablets and Papyri – Esther Eidinow

Jewish Amulets, Magic Bowls, and Manuals in Aramaic and Hebrew – Gideon Bohak

Gems – Véronique Dasen and Árpád M. Nagy

Figurines, Images, and Representations Used in Ritual Practices – Andrew T. Wilburn

Textual Amulets and Writing Traditions in the Ancient World – Roy D. Kotansky

Building Ritual Agency: Foundations, Floors, Doors, and Walls – Andrew T. Wilburn

Dimensions of a Category Magic – David Frankfurter

Spell and Speech Act: The Magic of the Spoken Word – David Frankfurter

The Magic of Writing in Mediterranean Antiquity – David Frankfurter

Magic and the Forces of Materiality – David Frankfurter

The Magical Elements of Mysticism: Ritual Strategies for Encountering Divinity – Naomi Janowitz

Magic and Theurgy – Sarah Iles Johnston

Magic as the Local Application of Authoritative Tradition – David Frankfurter

Magic and Social Tension – Esther Eidinow

Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus

A Study of Their Secular Education and Educational Ideals

Series: Studies in Philo of Alexandria, Volume: 9

Erkki Koskenniemi, 2019


In Greek Writers and Philosophers in Philo and Josephus Erkki Koskenniemi investigates how two Jewish writers, Philo and Josephus, quoted, mentioned and referred to Greek writers and philosophers. He asks what this tells us about their Greek education, their contacts with Classical culture in general, and about the societies in which Philo and Josephus lived. Although Philo in Alexandria and Josephus in Jerusalem both had the possibility to acquire a thorough knowledge of Greek language and culture, they show very different attitudes. Philo, who was probably admitted to the gymnasium, often and enthusiastically refers to Greek poets and philosophers. Josephus on the other hand rarely quotes from their works, giving evidence of a more traditionalistic tendencies among Jewish nobility in Jerusalem.

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Philo: Offspring from Sarah and Hagar

Josephus: It Is Difficult to Transplant an Old Tree

Philo and Josephus


La fuite du monde dans la philosophie de Plotin

Corentin Tresnie, 2019

La fuite du monde est une préoccupation importante du public lettré du IIIe siècle, troublé par d’importantes crises sociales et politiques ; Plotin le reformule philosophiquement afin d’y apporter réponse. En partant d’un postulat de systématicité de sa pensée, cet ouvrage examine la définition qu’il propose du sujet d’une telle fuite (le « nous »), la possibilité et la désirabilité de sa réalisation, avant de s’intéresser à ses modalités philosophiques et éthiques, pour conclure sur la divinisation qui en résulte par union à l’Intelligence et à l’Un. Cette fuite se révèle être un prolongement du rapport naturel au monde, caractérisé par un universel amour de l’unité qui tend nécessairement à la contemplation, et vise à l’optimiser. Le « nous », illumination du corps par l’âme, devient dans le processus un divin sage, qui à son tour assume un rôle d’enseignement, s’alignant dans ses actes sur la Providence universelle.

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Digital Humanities and Classical Studies: Prospects and Challenges

Max Planck Institute for the History of Science

Berlin, Germany

May 23-24, 2019

There is a rich history within Classics for the use of digital humanities (DH) and computational methods. There is also a healthy amount of skepticism by some in the field who maintain that there is a fundamental division between technology and tradition. It is necessary to address the nature of this conceptual boundary and its attendant concerns. Why have some in Classics resisted digital tools and methods? Can DH adversely impact how scholars are trained in critical skills like translation? We must also ask, what is the future of the field and how do we ensure its survival in an academic environment that sees the humanities often struggling to define their purpose? As we in Classical Studies continue the common practice of drawing a number of different kinds of sources around our particular research questions, how can we usefully incorporate digital tools into our practice? What are the potential benefits of DH in Classical Studies and what can advances in technology bring to our analyses of texts, corpora, and networks?

It is also crucial for scholars working at the intersection of classics and DH to go “beyond the database”—i.e., to get past the creation (and recreation) of endless database projects and actually investigate how the application of data collection/management can be used to advance scholarship and influence pedagogy. What can database or “distant reading” approaches tell us about our materials that traditional close reading cannot? How can databases be used to better collate and disseminate scholarly knowledge, or discern large-scale patterns in the historical record?

Participants in the workshop will discuss promising results to date and plans for the immediate future, as well as discuss prospects for collaboration or integration of efforts.

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Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Boltzmannstraße 22, 14195 Berlin, Germany

Contact and Registration

Please register for this event at: HTTPS://GOO.GL/FORMS/WJOYV1TGHWILD0HD2.

Richard Goulet est directeur de recherche émérite au CNRS. Recruté en 1976 au Centre Jean Pépin (UMR8230, CNRS / ENS Paris), auteur prolifique, il a édité, traduit et commenté des textes anciens importants et parfois peu connus et a collaboré aux travaux collectifs des membres de l’unité. Il a publié de nombreuses études sur les Vies de philosophes de l’antiquité tardive, la prosopographie des philosophes, la logique et la physique stoïciennes, le conflit idéologique entre hellénisme et christianisme, les aspects matériels et institutionnels des écoles philosophiques au Bas-Empire ou encore la conservation et la transmission des textes philosophiques grecs. Richard Goulet a créé en 1993 le programme informatique qui fut utilisé jusqu’à ces dernières années par les différentes rédactions de L’Année philologique, pour la saisie et la gestion des données, la production du livre imprimé annuel et l’exportation des données vers la banque de données accessible sur Internet.

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Plotin. Traité 19 Sur les vertus

Introduction, traduction, commentaire et notes par Dominic J. O’Meara, 2019


Le traité 19 Sur les vertus (Ennéades I, 9), sans en être une présentation complète, est un des textes les plus importants consacrés par Plotin à l’éthique. Ce texte a aussi exercé, directement et indirectement, une grande influence sur la pensée éthique dans l’antiquité tardive, à Byzance, en terre d’Islam, et dans le Moyen Âge latin. Comment l’homme peut-il s’assimiler, dans sa vie, à une vie divine grâce aux vertus ? A cette question Plotin apporte une réponse originale en distinguant deux sortes d’assimilation et deux sortes de vertus. La conception d’une assimilation asymétrique permet d’envisager une vie de l’homme assimilée par la vertu à la vie d’une divinité qui transcende la vertu. La distinction que fait Plotin entre vertu « politique » et vertu « supérieure », distinction nouvelle, articule la mise en ordre et la gestion des désirs, des plaisirs et des souffrances que peut apporter la raison de l’homme, ainsi que la dépendance de la raison d’une connaissance inspirée par un intellect divin transcendant. Sont ainsi posés les jalons de ce que sera, chez les successeurs de Plotin, la théorie d’une hiérarchie des vertus. Dans ce traité, Plotin discute aussi de la « purification » morale de l’âme, du possible dans le perfectionnement de l’homme, de la gestion des affects corporels et de l’irrationnel, des liens qui lient les vertus entre elles. Le commentaire cherche à compléter le traité en citant d’autres textes de Plotin et en le situant dans le cadre des grandes théories éthiques de l’antiquité, notamment celles de Platon, Aristote, d’Épicure et des stoïciens.

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Brill – 2018 in Open Access Publications


A new year has started and so we at Brill are looking back at what has been achieved over 2018. We’ve published a magnitude of new content, and every year, a larger part of this becomes available in Open Access, next to the journals, book series and reference works that are published in full Open Access already.

Find out below what Brill has offered you in your field of research:

Asian Studies




Jewish Studies

International Law and International Relations

Languages & Linguistics

Literature & Cultural Studies

Middle East and Islamic Studies

Religious Studies

Social Sciences

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