Online Resources

This is an incomplete list of online resources related to topics relevant to our project – the Coptic language, ancient magic, and papyrology. If you know of another relevant project or site not included here, please contact us.

The Coptic Language

Alin Suciu – Patristics, Apocrypha, Coptic Literature and Manuscripts
Homepage of the Copticist Alin Suciu, a very rich resource for Coptic studies.

Antinoou: A Standard Font for Coptic
Instructions and links for installing the Coptic Unicode font Antinoou and its associated keyboard layout

Brussels Coptic Database
Database of Coptic documentary texts managed by the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Claremont Coptic Encyclopedia
Online version of the encyclopedia, containing extensive discussions of all aspects of Coptic language, history and culture.

Coptic Dictionary Online
Online and fully searchable Coptic dictionary.

Coptic Scriptorium
Extensive project focused on digitising, analysing and translating Coptic literary texts.

Coptic Sounds
Website containing information on and resources about the phonology of the Coptic language.

Crosswire Project Sahidic Bible (Askeland-Schulz)
An online and searchable version of the Sahidic Bible, containing most of the Old and all of the New Testament books.

Crum’s A Coptic Dictionary Online
The most complete existing dictionary of the Coptic language in an online form.

Database and Dictionary of Greek Loanwords in Coptic
Ongoing project to create a database of Greek and Arabic loanwords in Coptic.

Digital Edition of the Coptic Old Testament
Ongoing project working on the creation of the first complete critical edition of the Coptic Old Testament.

International Association for Coptic Studies/
Association Internationale d’Études Coptes (IACS)
The major research association for Coptic Studies, which keeps a list of members and organises a conference every 4 years.

Koptoo (Koptische Ostraka Online)
Database of Coptic Ostraca from the Theban Region maintained by the Ludwig-Maximilian University Munich.

A Study Environment for Coptic, Greek, Latin and Hebrew, useful for its digitised version of Crum’s Coptic Dictionary and several texts, including the Nag Hammadi library.

PaThs Project
Ongoing project developing a database of Coptic literary texts, classed by geographical origin, work, author, title, and collection.

The Cult of the Saints in Late Antiquity
Online database of evidence for the cult of the saints in the Christian world up to ca. 700 CE, including extensive material from Egypt.

Magic in History

The Campbell Bonner Magical Gems Database
Database of magical gems.

Corpus des énoncés des noms barbares (CENOB)
Database of voces magicae (“magical names”) from ancient magical and religious texts.

Curse Tablets of Roman Britain
Catalogue with descriptions of curse tablets from Roman Britain, run by the Society for the Promotion of Roman Studies.

Léxico de magia y religión en los papiros mágicos griegos
Online Spanish-language dictionary of terminology from the Greek Magical Papyri, created by Luis Muñoz Delgado in 2001 as Annex V of the Diccionario Griego-Español.

Demon Things
Database of ancient Egyptian demons created as part of the Ancient Egyptian Demonology Project.

Early Jewish and Christian Magical Traditions (EJCM)
Ongoing project studying the interaction between early Jewish and Christian magical traditions, based at the Ca’Foscari University of Venice.

Hethitologie Portal Mainz
Portan for Hittite cuneiform texts based at the University of Würzburg, containing nearly all of the Hittite “incantation rituals” (“Beschwörungsrituale“) among their online corpora.

IOSPE: Ancient Inscriptions of the Northern Black Sea
Greek inscriptions from colonies on the northern Black Sea; will soon contain curse tablets from these sites.

A corpus of inscriptions from Sicily, which will eventually contain all the curse tablets known from this region.

Medicine in Graeco-Roman Egypt
Cedopal project looking at medicine in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt, including iatromagical papyri (magical texts used for healing).

Monde des Djinns
Regularly updated blog of Jean-Charles Coulon providing information on the study of magic in the Middle Ages, in particular in the Islamic World.

Network for the Study of Esotericism in Antiquity (NSEA)
A thematic group associated with the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE), providing resources and information for students and specialists of ancient esoteric thought, history, and literature.

Science in Ancient Egypt
Project on scientific texts from Ancient Egypt, including magical and medical texts, maintained by the Sächsiche Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig.

Societas Magicas
Organisation dedicated to furthering communication and exchange among scholars interested in the study of magic.

Tabella Defixionis Project
Project presenting curse tablets from the Graeco-Roman world, including a database of texts.

Thesaurus Defixionum (formerly TheDeMa)
Online database of all published curse tablets, with more than 17,000 entries.

Trismegistos Magic (TM Magic)
Database of magical and ritual manuscripts, primarily from Egypt.

To Zodion
Database of magical images from the Greek and Demotic magical papyri.

Transmission of Magical Knowledge: The Papyrus Magical Handbooks in Context
Project working on re-editions of Greek, Demotic and Coptic papyri based at the University of Chicago.

Virtual Magic Bowl Archive (VMBA)
Portal containing a photographic archive of Aramaic incantation bowls from the Schøyen Collection.

Papyrology and Epigraphy

The Arabic Papyrology Database
Database of Arabic papyrological documents from the 7th through 16th centuries CE, with translations in several languages.

Bibliographie Papyrologique en ligne
Extensive bibliography containing information on monographs and articles relating to papyri and papyrology.

Checklist of Editions of Greek, Latin, Demotic and Coptic Papyri, Ostraca and Tablets
Bibliography of monographic volumes of documentary papyrological material listed with their standard abbreviations.
List of  editions of texts from the checklist available online

Corpus Inscriptionum Latinarum (CIL) Open Access
A digitised corpus of Latin inscriptions from all corners of the Roman Empire.

Database of Medieval Nubian Texts
Database of texts from Nubia dating from between the 6th and 15th centuries CE; many have transcriptions and translations.

A project based at the MF Norwegian School of Theology, Religion and Society which brings together archaeological and philological approaches to study the material culture of fourth-century Egyptian Christianity. Includes a detailed database with information on sites and artefacts.

The Digital Corpus of Literary Papyri (DCLP)
Extensive searchable online corpus of paraliterary papyri (see below for documentary papyri).

Project based at the University of Basel focusing on the digital analysis of Greek and Coptic papyri.

Forging Antiquity
Project based at the University of Macquarie, tracking forged papyri and other manuscripts held in public collections.

Hierax: Software for Enhancing the Legibility of Papyri
A program developed by the project D-Scribes (University of Basel) which automatically enhances images of papyri to increase their legibility. 

A site containing online palaeography tutorials

Palaeographical resource containing examples of hands from dated papyri.
Extensive searchable online corpus of documentary papyri (see the DCLP above for paraliterary papyri).

Papyrus Stories
Blog of Dr. Jenny Cromwell, containing regular posts highlighting texts from the ancient Mediterranean and Near East.

Searchable Greek Inscriptions
An extensive searchable corpus of Greek inscriptions run by the Packard Humanities Institute.

Extensive portal including databases of papyri, collections of papyrological material, information on archives, names and people, networks, place names in the ancient world, ancient authors, and editors of papyrological monographs and articles.