Textual Amulets of the Mediterranean World: 1000 BCE – 1000 CE (colloque)

Les 8 et 9 mai 2024 a lieu le colloque « Textual Amulets of the Mediterranean World: 1000 BCE – 1000 CE » organisé par le projet de recherche « Textual Amulets of the Mediterranean World » au Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society de l’Université de Chicago et le 20 mai 2024 en distanciel.

Affiche du colloque « Textual Amulets of the Mediterranean World: 1000 BCE – 1000 CE »
Affiche du colloque « Textual Amulets of the Mediterranean World: 1000 BCE – 1000 CE »


People in pre-modern cultures wore many objects on their bodies as amulets, such as roots, seashells, or carved images. But at different points in time all of the cultures of the ancient Mediterranean began to inscribe prayers and charms on linen, papyrus, gold foil, or gemstones, and to use them as amulets. At this conference, a group of international scholars will ask and try to answer numerous questions about what happens at this point of transition and why. Does the more permanent nature of a text imply its continual presence, ever repeating? Were textual amulets created and used by literate elites alone? What is the relationship between text and image on amulets? If gods previously listened to prayers, when did they learn to read? This conference stems from a larger project to publish a representative collection of textual amulets from across the Mediterranean and throughout antiquity, facilitating the study of the various traditions, their connections, and transformations.


Jeudi 9 mai 2024

13h15 : mot de bienvenue et introduction par Christopher Faraone (University of Chicago)

Session I

Modération : Carolina López-Ruiz (University of Chicago)

13h30 : Anke Ilona Blöbaum (Saxon Academy of Sciences and Humanities in Leipzig), « The Oracular Amuletic Decrees: Divine Protection and Prevention as Life Insurance »

14h10 : Madadh Richey (Brandeis University), « The Dramatis Personae of a Phoenician Amulet from Arslan Tash »

14h50 : pause café

Session II

Modération : Sofia Torallas Tovar (University of Chicago)

15h10 : Megan Nutzman (Old Dominion University), « What Makes an Amulet Textual? Samaritan Rings and Pendants as a Case Study »

15h50 : Árpád Nagy (University of Pécs, Hungary), « Magical Gems with Inscriptions: How Do Medium and Text Shape One Another? »

Vendredi 10 mai 2024

Session III

Modération : Anthony Kaldellis (University of Chicago)

9h00 : Rivka Elitzur-Leiman (Fordham University), « Angels, Books, and Magic: Back to ‘The Book of Mysteries’ »

9h40 : Erin Walsh (University of Chicago), « Syriac Amulets as Reflected in Literary Texts »

10h20 : pause café

10h40 : Panagiota Sarischouli (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), « Pre-Classical, Classical, and Hellenistic Textual Amulets vs. Textual Amulets of the Roman Empire »

11h30 : pause déjeuner

Session IV

Modération : Margaret Mitchell (University of Chicago)

13h00 : Joe Sanzo (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice), « Critical Reflections on the Category ‘Scripture’ for the Study of Late Antique Amulets »

13h40 : Korshi Dosoo (University of Würzburg), « ‘No Unclean Spirit Will Be Able to Approach’: The History of an Apotropaic Phrase in Early Christian Amulets »

14h20 : Michael Zellmann-Rohrer (Macquarie University/ Freie Universität Berlin), « Prescription and Performance: Inscription and Accompanying Ritual in Byzantine Textual Amulets »

15h00 : pause café

15h30 : table ronde
Modération : Clifford Ando (University of Chicago)

Lundi 20 mai 2024

Session V

9h00 : Anastasia Maravela (University of Oslo), « The Poetics of Late Antique Phylacteries and the Poetics of Christian Prayer: Comparative Perspectives »

9h40 : Paolo Vitellozzi (Liceo “Jacopone da Todi,” Italy), « Words Set in Stone: Text and Image on Magical Gemstone Amulets of the Imperial Period »

10h20 : pause café

10h30 : Raquel Martín Hernández (Complutense University, Madrid), « Gems That Please the Gods. The Use of Stones as Amulets in Greco-Roman Sacrifice »

11h10 : Attilio Mastrocinque (University of Verona, Emeritus), « Jewish Divine Names on Pagan Magical Gems »

Citer ce billet
Jean-Charles Coulon (2024, 6 mai). Textual Amulets of the Mediterranean World: 1000 BCE – 1000 CE (colloque). Le monde des djinns. Consulté le 20 juin 2024, à l’adresse https://doi.org/10.58079/11nca

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