The Charakteres Project is funded by the German Research Foundation for a three year period!

I am happy to announce that the German Research Foundation will fund my research into ancient “magical” signs for a three year period, beginning in January 2017. The project “Handbuch und Untersuchung antiker Zauberzeichen von ihren Ursprüngen bis in das 7. Jahrhundert” will be situated at the University of Erfurt. The fundamental questions I will tackle basically focus on the […]

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Schriftverwendung in antiker Ritualpraxis (Analyse und Katalog) – The use of writing in ancient ritual practice (Analysis and Catalogue)

Graph of ancient ritual manuals

The two monographs focus on the first-time analysis of the use of writingt („Schriftverwendung“) in ancient ritual practice. I researched especially the materiality, function and manipulation of the individual inscription elements („Beschriftungselemente“) as well as their contextualization. The analysis is based on the ancient Greek, Demotic and Coptic „magical papyri“, collections of various ritual instructions, the so-called „instruction manuals“ or […]

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TheDeMa: Curse Tablets Database Project Magdeburg

The „Thesaurus Defixionum Magdeburgensis“ is a project initialised by Prof. Dr. Martin Dreher (University of Magdeburg). Together with his assistant Kirsten Jahn M.A. he has been working on the realisation of the database for the past years. Access is at the moment restricted, interested scholars can send a mail to receive a password to: defixiones@ovgu.de The project homepage is a […]

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DB: The Campbell Bonner Magical Gem Project Budapest

Upcoming spring/summer 2011 The original version of this upcoming web-database was developed by the Collection of Classical Antiquities in the Budapest Museum of Fine Arts. It´s official launch for full and free public access will start by the end of spring 2011. In cooperation with the British Museum the collections of magical gems of both institutions will be integrated in […]

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Workshop: Verborgen, unsichtbar, unlesbar – Zur Poblematik restringierter Schriftpräsenz“

Am 12. November gab es an der Universität Heidelberg einen eintägigen Workshop, dessen Fokus auf den Problemen bei der Arbeit mit restringierten Schriftpräsenzen lag. Organisiert wurde der Workshop von Dr. Tobias Frese. Dabei wurden folgende Fragen diskutiert: Welche methodischen, editionstechnischen und inhaltlichen Herausforderungen stellen unsichtbare bzw. unzugängliche Schriften für die Arbeit des SFB konkret dar? In welchem Verhältnis stehen eingeschränkte […]

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