Coping with a Difficult Life

Jacco Dieleman

in The Oxford Handbook of Roman Egypt

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199571451
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Archaeology

 Coping with a Difficult Life

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This article reviews the various methods that private individuals employed in Roman Egypt to secure protection and assistance from supernatural entities in their daily lives. The strategies and methods were applied to protect the body against disease, shield the self from public dishonour, and acquire control over competitors in various agonistic contexts, both public and private. In short, people resorted to such methods in situations of personal crisis and interpersonal conflict.

Keywords: supernatural agents; good fortune; disease; public dishonour; protection; assistance; Roman Egypt

Article.  11102 words. 

Subjects: Archaeology ; Archaeology of the Near East ; Egyptian Archaeology

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