Heirs of Egypt

Egyptian elements in Greek magical hymns

Although the surviving magical hymns are written in Greek and contain many elements in terms of form and content that link them to the Greek hymnic and poetic tradition, there are also many aspects of these compositions that do not come from the Greek world, but have Egyptian origins. In this paper, and taking advantage of the wonderful opportunity given to me by Professor José Ramón Pérez-Accino to participate in the V Encuentro de Egiptología Complutense (EEC5, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, 30-31 May 2022), I wanted to reflect on some of these aspects.