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KYPRIANOS M3928

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Chester Beatty Library Cpt 2177.82

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Magical (applied ?)

Contents:

1. Ro. Charakteres, Greek letters in mirrored writing; magical words

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Language(s):

Greek
Egyptian (Coptic) (?)

Script(s):

Greek
Coptic(?)

Dialect:
Language/dialect notes:
Date: question mark icon Dates are CE unless preceded by a minus sign <->, in which case they are BCE. 501 – 800
Date notes:

cf. Collection Website (10/11/2022); could be dated as early as the 5th century based on the Greek letter forms but could also be later, cf. Zellmann-Rohrer 2020: p. 189.

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Archive name:
State of edition:

Published.

Image: https://cbl01.intranda.com/viewer/image/Cpt_2177_82-84/1/LOG_0000/

Form:

Sheet

Material:

Papyrus

Dimensions (cm): Height: 16.3 Width: 31.4 Depth:
Dimensions (notes):

cf. Zellmann-Rohrer 2020: p. 189; 30.5×36.8 Collection Website (10/11/2022)

Folding pattern:

2 or perhaps 3 horizontal creases; 2 vertical creases.

State of preservation:

Nearly complete; wholes with rough edges; a horizontal sheet-join (kollesis) runs along the bottom edge on the front, cf. Zellmann-Rohrer 2020: p. 189.

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

1

Pages/Columns (notes):

Writing recto (↓), kharakteres, Greek letters, magical words likely composite design; abstract ink patterns which the scribe integrated into his composition with hatches cf. Zellmann-Rohrer 2020: p. 194.

Hand:

Findspot:

Aphrodito, Egypt

(TM places ID: 237)
Place of purchase: (TM places ID: )
Writingspot:

Aphrodito, Egypt (?)

(TM places ID: 237)
Present Location:

Chester Beatty Library

Collection History:

The Cpt. 2177 papyri were bought by Sir Chester Beatty in 1957 “presumably from a Cairo dealer” and kept at the British Museum until 1960 when they were transferred to Dublin cf. MacCoull 1985: p. 197.

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Collection website: https://cbl01.intranda.com/viewer/image/Cpt_2177_82-84/1/LOG_0000/

Notes/Discussion:

As mirrored writing does not appear in amulets but in gems or pattern books that served to produce gems, Zellmann-Rohrer believes that the text could have been copied from a gem or pattern book; near the bottom edge, Zellmann-Rohrer reads βοήθει ἢδη cf. Zellmann-Rohrer 2020: p. 192.

Bibiliography
Editions:

Zellmann-Rohrer, Michael. “More on the Tradition of Amulet Pattern-Books in Post-Ancient Copies?” Kernos 33 (2020): 187–201.


Translations:
General:

Hickey, Todd and Katelijn Vandorpe. “A New Fragment from P.Batav. 5 (Pathyris, May 118 BC).” Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik 202 (2017): 214–218.

MacCoull, Leslie S. B. “Coptic Documentary Papyri from Aphrodito in the Chester Beatty Library.” The Bulletin of the American Society of Papyrologists 22 (1985): 197–203.


Trismegistos ID: PAThs:
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:

JS (10/11/2022); KD (5/11/2022)


How to cite:
Korshi Dosoo, Edward O.D. Love & Markéta Preininger (chief editors). "KYP M3928," Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects, www.coptic-magic.phil.uni-wuerzburg.de/index.php/manuscript/kyp-m3928. Accessed on 20/06/2024

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