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date: 23 August 2019

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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

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