Category: Medieval Studies

A Digital Corpus of Texts for the Study of Magical Ritual

The project set out to collect a large and diverse set of texts related to magical ritual, in particular Greek and Latin incantations used in healing and protective magic as well as aggressive magic. The work proceeded in tandem with my Ph.D. dissertation; no corpus of such documents covering the period in question, from the Classical world through modern Greece, had previously existed. It was hoped that the digital database would facilitate the querying and display of the texts beyond what was possible in previous word-processor- based workflows.

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