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Artefact ID12
TM IDTM 108112 (Dublin) / TM 108140 (Berlin)
Findspot (DEChriM ID)51   (Madīnat Māḍī)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Chester Beatty Mani Codex D + Berlin P. 15999

Papyrus codex with Manichean Homilies in Coptic (L) containing four texts (PAThsWorks 864, 868-870, see internal links in PAThs link); the part formerly in Berlin has never been published and is currently lost.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Theological), Coptic language
Date from380
Date to435
Dating criteria

Palaeography, book binding (quires), contents (Manichean writings). Initial dating oscillated between the 4th (Schmidt 1933: 7; Schmidt, Polotsky 1933: 35) and 5th (Polotsky 1934: X, n. 1) centuries. Recent radiocarbon dating settled the matter (BeDuhn, Hodgins 2017).

Absolute/relative dateAbsolute date
Archaeological context

Supposedly found at Madīnat Māḍī, see Robinson 2013: 58–59.

Accession number

Dublin, Chester Beatty Library, Codex D +

Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung P. 15999 (probably in Moscow, not present in Berlin in 1978)


Editio princeps

• Polotsky, Hans Jakob. 1934. Manichäische Homilien, Manichäische Handschriften der Sammlung A. Chester Beatty 1. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

Facsimile edition

• Giversen, Søren. 1986. The Manichean Coptic Papyri in the Chester Beatty Library 2: Homilies & Varia, Cahiers d’Orientalisme 15. Geneva: Cramer.

Additional bibliography

• BeDuhn, Jason and Greg Hodgins. 2017. "The Date of the Manichaean Codices from Medinet Madi, and Its Significance." In Manichaeism East and West, edited by Samuel N. C. Lieu, Erica Hunter, Enrico Morano and Nils Arne Pedersen, Corpus Fontium Manichaeorum, Analecta Manichaica 1. Turnhout: Brepols, 10-28.

• Robinson, James M. 2013. The Manichean Codices of Medinet Madi. Eugene/OR: Cascade Books, 268-269 (Berlin) & 309-311 (Dublin).

Schmidt, C. G. 1933. Neue Originalquellen des Manichäismus aus Aegypten. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.

• Schmidt, C. G. and H. J. Polotsky. 1933. Ein Mani-Fund in Ägypten. Berlin: Verlag der Akademie der Wissenschaften.

Matthias Müller, Victor Ghica, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, Victor Ghica, 2021, "Artefact ID 12", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,