The Charakteres Research Project

I´ve decided to setup a blog about my research peoject „Catalogue and statistical analysis of the Charakteres“ and document its process. Enjoy reading! The image shows my very first attempts to get an overview over the Charakteres. I´ve started with drawing the signs from every source I could find, first the papyri, followed by the curse tablets. Thanks to the […]

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Magical signs on gems

I´m working with the magical gems from the Budapest and the British Museum Collection again. Examined 71 so far, doesn´t sound much, but it´s lots of work to cut out every single sign of the photographies, photoshop it, make a drawing, assign it to the existing typology or give it a new codification and then include it into the catalogue. […]

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Neue Erkenntnisse zu den Objekten des „Pergamon-Kits“ (Budapest, 2010)


At September 24th 2010, Prof. György Németh organised an international seminary on magical signs in antiquity at the ELTE University, Dept. of Ancient History, Budapest. Seven scholars were invited to talk about their research on charakteres. Link to the programme and the abstracts of all invited speakers Abstract Neue Erkenntnisse zu den Objekten des „Pergamon-Kits“ Die zehn Objekte aus Pergamon, […]

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The objects from the so-called Pergamon kit


I´m working on the inscriptions and charakteres on the three stones right now, and they turned out to be the most fascinating objects of the kit regarding the procedures of writing and creating charakteres. Wünsch only observed them superficially and stated that they were all inscribed in the same way. This is definetly not the case. The image shows a […]

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The „Zaubertisch“ (magic table) of the Pergamon kit


I´ve finished the work on comparing my photographies of the table with Wünsch´s drawings. He was a great observer, only a few corrections were necessary here. More than 1/3 of the charakteres appear at least twice on this object, which is rather unusual and very interesting. I have to learn more about Hekate.Looking forward to work with the other obejcts […]

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