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KYPRIANOS A15

Archive name: British Museum Portfolio
Trismegistos Archive ID: question mark icon Page on the database Trismegistos Collections for the archive. 676
Date: question mark icon Dates are CE unless preceded by a minus sign <->, in which case they are BCE. 551 – 650
Provenance: Thebes, Egypt (?)
Trismegistos Place ID: question mark icon Page on the database Trismegistos Places for the place of provenance.
Manuscripts: KYP M118 306 307 308
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Classification:

These manuscripts may comprise an “archive”, meaning that they were brought together and deposited by an ancient person or persons.

Description:

Four Coptic formularies in the form of rotuli.

Acquisition:

All of the manuscripts were purchased by the British Museum in 1907 (List of Oriental Manuscripts p. 301). On the basis of their hand, Walter E. Crum suggested that they may have come from Thebes (Kropp 1931: p. xi).

Dating:

Crum dated the hand to ca. 600 CE (Kropp 1931: p. xi), a judgement that has been followed in subsequent scholarship.

Language/dialect:

All the manuscripts are written in Sahidic Coptic.

Materiality/composition:

Four formularies in the form of papyrus rotuli.

Content:

A collection of magical recipes.

Discussion:
Bibliography:

Department of Oriental P.B. and Mss. (British Library), List of Oriental Manuscripts 1890-1908, Or. 4047-6947, p. 301.

Kropp, Angelicus. Ausgewählte koptische Zaubertexte. Textpublikation Bruxelles: Édition de la Fondation Égyptologique Reine Élisabeth, 1930-1931, vol. 1 p. xi, nos. E-J, vol. 2, nos. XV, XXVIII; XXIX; XXX; XXXII, XL, XLI.

Meyer, Marvin W., and Richard Smith. Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power. Princeton (New Jersey): Princeton University Press, 1999, p. 275-292, nos. 129-132.


Edit History:

KD (29/9/2020); EL (29/9/2020)

How to cite:
Korshi Dosoo, Edward O.D. Love & Markéta Preininger (chief editors). "KYP A15: British Museum Portfolio," Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects, www.coptic-magic.phil.uni-wuerzburg.de/index.php/archive/kyp-a15. Accessed on 20/07/2024

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