Ashmolean AN 1981.940
|Text no. Position of the text within the manuscript.||1|
|Date:||501 – 700|
Ro ll. 1-18
|Type of text:||
Love spell (magical, applied, erotic)
|Original title (translated):|
|Conventional title:||Applied love spell for Apapolo against Phlo|
Hermopolitan (near Mesokemic)
1. ⳨ ϭⲉ̅ⲗ̅ⲧ̅ⲁ̅ⲧ̅ⲁ̣ⲗⲃ̅ⲁ̅ⲃ̅ⲁ̅ⲗ̅ . ⲕ̣ⲁⲣⲁϣⲛⲉⲓϥⲉ · ⲛⲛⲁⲥ
 ⳨ Celtatalbabal . Karašneife Nnas  Kneife, by the power of Iaō Sabaoth! Rous  Rous Rous Rous Rous Rous Rous Rous  [kharaktēres: 5 x complex, ☾ + + +]  ⳨⳨⳨ I adjure you by your powers and your phylacteries  and the places upon which you dwell and your  names that in the way that I will take you and place you at the door  and the path of Phlo the son of Maure, you will take  his heart, his mind (?), you will master his whole body!  If he stands you will not let him stand, if he sits you will not let him  sit, if he sleeps you will not let him sleep! He will seek after  me from village to village, from city to city,  from field to field, from land to land,  until he comes to me and he subjects himself beneath my  feet – me, Apapōlō, the son of Noōē –  his hands filled with all good things, until I fulfill  with him the desire of my heart and the demand of my  soul in a good desire and an unbreakable affection,  now, now, quickly, quickly, do my work!
|Tracing by:||Korshi Dosoo (7/2021)|
1. ϭⲉ̅ⲗ̅ⲧ̅ⲁ̅ⲧ̅ⲁ̣ⲗⲃ̅ⲁ̅ⲃ̅ⲁ̅ⲗ̅ : Smither does not overline | ⲕ̣ⲁⲣⲁϣⲛⲉϥⲉ : ⲕ̣ⲁ̣ⲣⲁϣⲛⲉⲓ̅ϥⲉ Smither
3. ⲣ̅ⲟ̅ⲩ̣̅ⲥ The fourth instance in this line probably had a supralinear stroke, but it is not visible on the image.
|Bibliography:||Meyer, Marvin W., and Richard Smith. Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power. Princeton [New Jersey]: Princeton University Press, 1999, p. 177-178, no. 84.
Pernigotti, Sergio. “La magia copta: I testi.” In Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt II.18.5, edited by Hildegard Temporini and Wolfgang Haase. Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 1995, p. 3714, no. 19.
Gallorini, Carla, Fomule magiche dell'Antico Egitto. Milan: Edis, 1994, p. 26.
Smither, Paul Cecil. "A Coptic Love-Charm." Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 25 (1939): 173-174.
Wipszycka, Ewa and Derda, Tomasz. “L’emploi des titres ‘abba’, ‘apa’ et ‘papas’ dans l’Égypte byzantine.” Journal of Juristic Papyrology 24 (1994): 23-56.
EL’s and Jennifer Cromwell’s edition from the original (2017); edited by KD based on photograph, apparatus added (16/12/2020); Team based on photograph (15/1/2021)