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Tagungen/Konferenzen: Inscribing Power in Antiquity


20.10.2016 bis 23.10.2016


LMU Hauptgebäude (Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, 80539 München)


Dr. Olivier Dufault, Dr. Joseph Sanzo

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The introduction of writing in ancient societies considerably changed various domains of life. This manifest development raises a series of questions about the significance of writing in ancient social life. One dimension of that requires further investigation is the impact of writing on the cluster of ancient texts, practices, and ideas deemed magical. "Inscribing Power in Antiquity" proposes to discuss the following questions: How did the expansion of writing both reflect and impact ancient perceptions of the power of words? What is the relationship between the development and institutionalization of writing and its perceived power to alter the cosmos for the purposes, inter alia, of harming enemies, of healing sicknesses, or of casting out demons? To what extent did changes in medium and in writing work together in constructing new views of textuality in ancient ritual contexts?