Functions of amulets: the power of objects in the ancient world

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Functions of amulets: the power of objects in the ancient world

Type: Research master thesis
Title: Functions of amulets: the power of objects in the ancient world
Author: Kret, Patricia
Issue Date: 2018-10-30
Keywords: amulets
ancient history
ritual protection
protective circles
Greek magical papyri
Roman Egypt
apotropaic objects
soterial objects
power objects
material agency
Abstract: This research studied the conceptualization of the functionality of power objects in the ancient world. With the help of emerging research fields on material agency and ancient emotions, instructions for making amulets have been studied to understand why ancient individuals put trust in certain objects that could, as they believed, influence their lives. This research has shown that the concept of protective circles can help to gain a better understanding of the believed functions of amulets and other power objects.
Supervisor: Beerden, Dr. K.
Faculty: Faculty of Humanities
Department: History (Research master)
Specialisation: Ancient History
ECTS Credits: 30
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/66674
 

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