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Artefact ID371
TM IDTM 64479
Findspot (DEChriM ID)52   (Ḫarabat Ihrīt)
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentSubliterary

P.Oslo I 1; PGM II 36: Magical spells

Extant volumen (24 x 244 cm), almost complete, with a collection of spells, including spells to restrain anger, to gain or secure favours, love spells, charms for success or to break spells, spell to inflict harm, pudenda key spell, spell to open a door, with drawings (see details on KYP M181).

Christian influence noted by S. Eitrem (Van Haelst 1976: 336)

Recto: 12 columns, written along the fibres, clear and fluent hand. Verso: 1 column, written along the fibres (at 90 degrees to recto).

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts
Date from300
Date to399
Dating criteria

Palaeography and archive connection (Dosoo 2016: 267 and n. 56)

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context

Purchased in December 1920 by Samson Eitrem in the Fayum (Hickey et al. 2015: 156-164).

Accession number

Oslo, University Library P. 420


Reference edition

• Preisendanz, Karl. 1974. Papyri Graecae Magicae: Die Griechischen Zauberpapyri. Vol. 2. Leipzig-Berlin: Teubner, no. 36: 162-175.

Editio princeps

• Eitrem, Samson. 1925. Papyri Osloenses. Vol. 1. Magical Papyri. Oslo: Academy of Science and Letters of Oslo, no. 1.

Additional bibliography

• Betz, Hans Dietrich. 1986. The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, no. PGM 36: p. 269-278 (translation).

• Hickey, Todd, Anastasia Maravela and Michael Zellmann-Rohrer. 2015. “Historical and Textual Notes on Magical Texts in the Papyrus Collection of the University of Oslo Library”, Symbolae Osloenses, 89.1, 156-182.

• Dosoo, Korshi. 2016. "A History of the Theban Magical Library", Bulletin of American Society of Papyrologists 53, 251-274.

• Van Haelst, Joseph. 1976. Catalogue des papyrus littéraires juifs et chrétiens. Paris: Publications de la Sorbonne, no. 1080 descr.  

Valérie Schram, 2021
Suggested citation
Valérie Schram, 2021, "Artefact ID 371", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,