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

P. Oslo 1.1
P. Oslo I 1
Oslo, University Library P. 420

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

Magical (formulary)


1. Ro col. 1, ll. 1-34: Ritual to restrain
2. Ro col. 2, ll. 35-68: Ritual to restrain anger
3. Ro col. 3, ll. 69-101: Love spell
4. Ro col. 4, ll. 102-133: Another love spell by fire
5. Ro col. 5, ll. 134-160: Love spell of attraction
6. Ro col. 6, ll. 161-177: Ritual to restrain anger
7. Ro col. 7, ll. 178-188: To break spells
8. Ro col. 8, ll. 189-210: Love spell of attraction
9. Ro col. 9, ll. 211-230: Prayer to Helios (to restrain anger, for victory and favour)
10. Ro col. 10, ll. 231-255: Curse
11. Ro col. 11, ll. 256-264: To break spells
12. Ro col. 11, ll. 265-274: Unclear
13. Ro col. 12, ll. 275-279: For favour (and exorcism)
14. Vo col.1, ll. 283-294: Love spell
15. Vo col.1, ll. 295-311: Love spell by fire
16. Vo col.1, ll. 312-320: To open a door
17. Vo col.1, ll. 321-332: Contraception (healing)
18. Vo col.1, ll. 333-360: Love spell by myrrh
19. Vo col.1, ll. 361-371: Love spell

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Language/dialect notes:
Date: question mark icon Dates are CE unless preceded by a minus sign <->, in which case they are BCE. 301 – 400
Date notes:

GEMF dating (24/9/2020); 4th century (Preisendanz 1974: p. 162).

Archive/collection: question mark icon Larger collection to which manuscript belongs. KYP A16
Archive name: Fayum Magical Archive
State of edition:




Roll (recto)
Rotulus (verso)



Dimensions (cm): Height: 24.3 Width: 244 Depth:
Dimensions (notes):

Eitrem 1925.

Folding pattern:
State of preservation:

Complete. Small amounts of damage to roll.

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):

12 columns recto (→), 1 column verso (↓). Verso at 90 degrees to recto. 371 lines. 7 drawings, in columns 1-4, 7, 8, 10.



Theadelphia, Fayum, Egypt

(TM places ID: 2349)
Place of purchase:

Theadelphia, Fayum, Egypt

(TM places ID: 2349)

Theadelphia, Fayum, Egypt

(TM places ID: 2349)
Present Location:

Oslo, University Library

Collection History:

Purchased in December 1920 by Samson Eitrem in the Fayum for 165 Egyptian pounds (Hickey et al. 2015: 156-164).

Trismegistos collection: question mark icon Page on the database Trismegistos collections for the institution which currently houses the manuscript. 262
Collection website:



Eitrem, Samson. Papyri Osloenses. Vol. 1. Magical Papyri. Oslo: On commission by Jacob Dybwad. Published by the Academy of Science and Letters of Oslo, 1925, no. 1.

Preisendanz, Karl. Papyri Graecae Magicae: Die Griechischen Zauberpapyri. Vol. 2. Leipzig/Berlin: Teubner, 1974, p. 162-175, no. 36.


Betz, Hans D. The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation. Including the Demotic Spells. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1992, p. 269-278, no. 36.


Deubner, Ludwig. “Papyri Osloenses. I, Magical Papyri edit. by S. Eitrem.” Gnomon 2 (1926): 406-412.

Eitrem, Samson. “Papyri Osloenses. Fasc. I. Magical Papyri.” Orientalische Literaturzeitung 30 (1927): 99.

Gaster, Moses. “Papyri Osloenses by S. Eitrem.” Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 2 (1927): 400-402.

Gordon, Richard. “The Coherence of Magical-Herbal and Analogous Recipes,” MHNH 7 (2007): 129-134.

Graham, Lloyd. ” Perseus, Mars and the Figurae Magicae of PGM XXXVI”, (2016) published on-line in

Hickey, Todd, Anastasia Maravela and Michael Zellmann-Rohrer, “Historical and Textual Notes on Magical Texts in the Papyrus Collection of the University of Oslo Library”, Symbolae Osloenses, 89.1 (2015): 156-182.

Horak, Ulrike. Illuminierte Papyri, Pergamente und Papiere. Pegasus Oriens. Vol. 1. Wien: Holzhausen, 1992, p. 246, ViP 204.

Love, Edward O. D. ““Crum’s Chicken”: Alpak, Demonised Donkeys, and Avianised Demons among the Figures of Demotic, Greek, and Coptic Magical Texts”, in Magikon Zōon: Animal and Magic, edited by Korshi Dosoo and Jean-Charles Coulon (forthcoming).

McDonald, Peta Louise. The Iconography of the Images in the Magical Papyri (Masters thesis, Macquarie University, 2015).

Peterson, Erik. “Eitrem, S. (Ed.), Papyri Osloenses. Fasc. 1.” Theologische Literaturzeitschrift: Monatsschrift für das gesamte Gebiet der Theologie und Religionswissenschaft 51 (1926).

Preisendanz, Karl. Akephalos, der kopflose Gott. Leipzig: Hinrichs, 1926, p. 63-66.

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) 68 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: 2
Edit History:

ST (24/9/2020); ST (25/9/2020); KD (28/9/2020)

How to cite:
Korshi Dosoo, Edward O.D. Love & Markéta Preininger (chief editors). "KYP M181," Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects, Accessed on 20/06/2024

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