Our first update to the Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects has just gone live. As well as correcting some minor errors in manuscript and text entries, we have added:
- 47 new manuscript entries, bringing the total number to 724.
- The database now includes entries for all of the manuscripts of the PGM (Papyri Graecae Magicae), the Greek Magical Papyri.
- 6 new texts, bringing the total to 17.
Among the most interesting new additions are:
- Nahman Bone A (T576), a curse calling upon the Powers of Death written on the bone of a camel or cow. For more on the group of manuscripts to which this belongs, you can read project member Korshi Dosoo’s guest post on the blog Papyrus Stories.
- P. Donadoni (T342), one of the fascinating group of Coptic magical texts which feature Horus and Isis as characters. Not translated in the collection Ancient Christian Magic, our re-edition contains several improvements to the original edition.
Many thanks to those readers who contacted us with additional information and corrections.
For those who are interested, remember to register for our online workshop, to be held Thursday 5th November 2020 at 4pm GMT + 1, where we’ll be demonstrating some of the functionality of the database, discussing forthcoming features and additions, and answering your questions.