Sigla: question mark icon Modern names for the manuscript, including inventory and publication numbers.

PCM 1 28
PCM I 28
P. Heid. Inv. Kopt. 684
P. Baden 5 122
P. Baden V 122
P. Bad. 5 122
P. Bad. V 122
P. Heid. Inv. Kopt. 1684 (previous)
Heidelberg, Institut für Papyrologie P. Kopt. 684
Heidelberg, Institut für Papyrologie P. Kopt. 1684 (previous)

Category: question mark icon Classification of the contents, e.g. magical (formulary or applied), alchemical, liturgical, documentary or medical.

Magical (formulary)


1. Ro pp. 1-13, ll. 1-275: Love spell attributed to Cyprian of Antioch

See all texts in this manuscript.


Egyptian (Coptic)




Sahidic with Fayumic influence

Language/dialect notes:

Dosoo/Preininger (2023: p. 261-262, 363). Cf. Bilabel and Grohmann (1934: p. 305) who classify the text as Fayumic, followed by Bélanger-Sarrazin. See related text for further notes.

Date: question mark icon Dates are CE unless preceded by a minus sign <->, in which case they are BCE. 901 – 1100
Date notes:

Palaeographically dated to the tenth to eleventh century by Dosoo/Preininger (2023: p. 363). Eleventh century dating in Bilabel and Grohmann (1934: p. 305) followed by Mößner and Nauerth (2015: p. 311); 901-1000 (TM 24/9/2018).

Archive/collection: question mark icon Larger collection to which manuscript belongs. KYP A8
Archive name: Heidelberg Library
State of edition:







Dimensions (cm): Height: 14.3 Width: 9 Depth:
Dimensions (notes):

Folios measure 14.3 x 18.5cm (Mößner and Nauerth 2015: p. 311)

Folding pattern:

One horizontal, one vertical crease on codex (Dosoo/Preininger 2023: p. 369).

State of preservation:


Pages/Columns: question mark icon Total surviving columns in the manuscript for rolls, sheets and rotuli; total number of pages for codices.


Pages/Columns (notes):

16 pages (1 quaternion = 4 bifolios). Last 3 pages blank. Bound with thread. No pagination or cover (Bilabel and Grohmann 1934: p. 304).


Heidelberg Scribe 2


Arsinoites (Fayum), Egypt (?)

(TM places ID: 332)
Place of purchase:

Arsinoites (Fayum), Egypt (?)

(TM places ID: 332)

Arsinoites (Fayum), Egypt (?)

(TM places ID: 332)
Present Location:

Heidelberg, Institut für Papyrologie

Collection History:

Purchased by Carl Schmidt in May 1930, perhaps in the Fayum, perhaps via Maurice Nahman (Gardner and Johnston 2019: p. 32; Seider 1964: p. 163; Dosoo/Preininger 2023: p. 260).

Trismegistos collection: question mark icon Page on the database Trismegistos collections for the institution which currently houses the manuscript. 156
Collection website:



Bilabel, Friedrich, and Adolf Grohmann. Griechische, koptische und arabische Texte zur Religion und religiösen Literatur in Ägyptens Spätzeit, Heidelberg: Verlag der Universitätsbibliothek, 1934, p. 304-325, no. 122.

★ Dosoo, Korshi, and Markéta Preininger. Papyri Copticae Magicae. Coptic Magical Texts, Volume 1: Formularies (PCM I 1), Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete – Beihefte 48. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2023, p. 369-397, no. 28.

Polotsky, Hans Jakob. “Zu einigen Heidelberger koptischen Zaubertexten.” Orientalia 4 (1935): 417-420.


Meyer, Marvin W., and Richard Smith. Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power. Princeton (New Jersey): Princeton University Press, 1999, p. 153-158, no. 73.


Camplani, Alberto. “‘Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani’. Pluralità dei linguiaggi religiosi e loro rielaborazione rituale in alcune preghiere magihche copte,” Studi e Materiali di Storia delle Religioni 76.1 (2010): p. 145-146.

Dosoo, Korshi. “Zōdion and Praxis. An Illustrated Coptic Magical Papyrus ifn the Macquarie University Collection.” Journal of Coptic Studies 20 (2018): 34-37.

Gardner, Iain and Jay Johnston. “‘I, Deacon Iohannes, Servant Of Michael’: A New Look at P. Heid. Inv. Kopt. 682 and a Possible Context for the Heidelberg Magical Archive.” Journal of Coptic Studies 21 (2019): 31-32.

Johnston, Jay and Gardner, Iain. “Relations of Image, Text and Design Elements in Selected Amulets and Spells of the Heidelberg Papyri Collection”. In Bild und Schrift auf ‘magischen’ Artefakten, edited by edited by Sarah Kiyanrad, Christoffer Theis and Laura Willer. De Gruyter, 2018, 139-148.

Mößner, Tamara and Claudia Nauerth. “Koptische Text und ihre Bilder.” In Ägyptische Magie und ihre Umwelt, edited by Andrea Jördens, Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 2015, p. 311; p. 336-338.

Seider, Richard. “Aus der Arbeit der Universitätsinstitute. Die Universitäts-Papyrussammlung.” Heidelberger Jahrbücher 8 (1964): 142-203.

Untermann, Matthias (editor). Ägyptische Magie im Wandel der Zeiten: eine Ausstellung des Instituts für Papyrologie in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Institut für Ägyptologie der Universität Heidelberg (Heidelberg : Universitätsmuseum Heidelberg, 2011), p. 48-49.

Trismegistos ID:


PGM: question mark icon Papyri Gracae Magicae SM: question mark icon Supplementum Magicum GEMF: question mark icon Greek and Egyptian Magical Formularies (forthcoming) ACM: question mark icon Ancient Christian Magic


Bélanger Sarrazin: question mark icon Bélanger-Sarrazin. “Catalogue des textes magiques coptes”


AKZ: question mark icon Ausgewählte koptische Zaubertexte CBd: question mark icon Campbell-Bonner Magical Gems Database Mert.-Pack: question mark icon Mertens-Pack online database
Van H: question mark icon van Haelst, Catalogue des papyrus littéraires Bruyn-Dijkstra: question mark icon de Bruyn and Dijkstra, “Greek Amulets and Formularies (Checklist)" TheDefix: question mark icon Thesaurus Defixionum To Zodion:
Edit History:

EL (25/9/2018); MPS (9/7/2019); KD (13/9/2019); EL (31/7/2020); KD (16/3/2021); SVS (08/09/22); KD (20/11/2023); KD (17/1/2024)

How to cite:
Korshi Dosoo, Edward O.D. Love & Markéta Preininger (chief editors). "KYP M148," Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects, Accessed on 18/04/2024

Found a mistake? Let us know!