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Strasbourg, Bibliothèque Nationale P. K 204 + 205 + 282

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Magical (formulary)


Original use:

1. Arabic protocol


2. 204A + 204B + 205D ro ll.1-6: Formula for every use (?)
3. 204CDEFJKLM vo ll.1-18: Spell for good business (?)
4. 204CDEFJKLM vo ll.19-35: Unclear
5. 205AIK + 204G vo ll.1-17: Revelation spell/divination (?)
6. 205AIK + 204G vo ll.18-27: Unclear
7. Verso fragments
8. 204 CJL ro: Image 1
9. 204 CJL ro: Image 2
10. 204 CJL ro ll.1-4: Ingredients
11. 204 CJL ro ll.5-8: Mary in Bartos (?)
12. 205AJ + 204G ro ll.1-8: Unclear
13. 205AJ + 204G ro ll.9-12: Unclear
14. 205AJ + 204G ro ll.13-17: Curse
15: 205B + C ro ll.1-3: Charitesion/favour spell (?)
16: Recto fragments

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Egyptian (Coptic)




Sahidic (non-standard)

Language/dialect notes:

Hevesi (2018: p. 51) notes dialectal similarities to texts from Jeme.

Date: question mark icon Dates are CE unless preceded by a minus sign <->, in which case they are BCE. 701 – 800
Date notes:

Hevesi (2018: p. 51).

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Dimensions (cm): Height: 90.2 Width: 19.3 Depth:
Dimensions (notes):

Size here is minimum. Height calculated from 205 A-C + E-F + M + 205 A + D + I + J; width calculated from 205 A + L. Full dimensions of all fragments below.

Fragment A of P. K 204: 7.8 x 14 cm
Fragment B of P. K 204: 3.3 x 4.7 cm
Fragment C of P. K 204: 33.8 x 15.5 cm
Fragment D of P. K 204: 0.4 x 5.9 cm
Fragment E of P. K 204: 3.0 x 7.5 cm
Fragment F of P. K 204: 3.0 x 2.6 cm
Fragment G of P. K 204: 5.2 x 3.6 cm
Fragment H of P. K 204: 3.6 x 3.2 cm
Fragment I of P. K 204: 2.7 x 2.3 cm
Fragment J of P. K 204: 2.6 x 3.1 cm
Fragment K of P. K 204: 1.9 x 3.3 cm
Fragment L of P. K 204: 5.5 x 5.3 cm
Fragment M of P. K 204: 4.9 x 4.2 cm
Fragment N of P. K 204: 2.5 x 2.3 cm
Fragment A of P. K 205: 23.9 x 15.8 cm
Fragment B of P. K 205: 7.4 x 8.6 cm
Fragment C of P. K 205: 1.7 x 1.9 cm
Fragment D of P. K 205: 5.2 x 7.6 cm
Fragment E of P. K 205: 2.4 x 8.7 cm
Fragment F of P. K 205: 5.5 x 12.7 cm
Fragment G of P. K 205: 3.1 x 6.5 cm
Fragment H of P. K 205: 2.0 x 6.5 cm
Fragment I of P. K 205: 5.1 x 8.9 cm
Fragment J of P. K 205: 4.2 x 6.4 cm
Fragment K of P. K 205: 3.8 x 6.4 cm
Fragment L of P. K 205: 2.6 x 7.8 cm
Fragment M of P. K 205: 4.0 x 6.2 cm
Fragment N of P. K 205: 3.5 x 7.1 cm
Fragment O of P. K 205: 3.0 x 5.9 cm

Folding pattern:
State of preservation:

Fragmentary; 29 fragments.

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):

1 column each, recto and verso (magical re-use).


At least 8 hands (Hevesi 2018: p. 49)



(TM places ID: 49)
Place of purchase: (TM places ID: )


(TM places ID: 49)
Present Location:

Strasbourg, Bibliothèque Nationale

Collection History:

Purchased by Wilhelm Spiegelberg and Richard Reizenstein for the Deutsches Papyruskartell, financed by governor of Alsace-Lorraine, Hermann Fürst zu Hohenlohe-Langenburg. Apparently cut up by Egyptian antiquarians in order to yield a greater price. Other material from same purchase held in Berlin, Heidelberg, Freiburg and other collections. Arrived in collection before February 10th 1906, registered in 1911-1912. (Hevesi 2018: p. 49-50)

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Collection website:



Hevesi, Krisztina. “P. Stras. K 204 and K 205 An Unpublished Coptic Magical Collection from the Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg.” In Bild und Schrift auf ‘magischen’ Artefakten, edited by Sarah Kiyanrad, Christoffer Theis and Laura Willer. (Berlin – Boston: De Gruyter), 2018, p. 49–118.

Hevesi, Krisztina. “Addenda et corrigenda (Strasbourg 204 + 205)”.


Hevesi, Krisztina. “A Few Remarks on the Persistence of Native Egyptian historiolae in Coptic Magical Texts”. In Current Research in Egyptology 2018: Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Symposium, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, 25-28 June 2018, edited by Marie Peterková Hlouchová, Dana Belohoubková, Jirí Honzl and Vera Nováková. Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing, 2019, p. 42-54.

Richter, Tonio Sebastian. “Magical Texts in the Papyrus Collection of the Université de Strasbourg”. In Coptica Argentoratensia (Strasbourg, 18-25 juil 2010) (CBCo 19), edited by A. Boud’hors, A. Delattre, C. Louis, T. S. Richter (Paris: 2014), p. 109-110.

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:

KD (8/20/2018); MPS (3/7/2019); EL (1/8/2019); KD (7/9/2020); KD (14/9/2020)

How to cite:
Korshi Dosoo, Edward O.D. Love & Markéta Preininger (chief editors). "KYP M92," Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects, Accessed on 20/07/2024

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