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Artefact ID575
TM IDTM 99995
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentSubliterary

P.Mich. inv. 1523

Curse of a lady Theodora against a man called Pjor and his wife in Coptic L (with S and A features) asking the holy martyrs to work on the downfall and destruction of the couple

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts, Coptic language
Date from301
Date to500
Dating criteria

Hand writing

Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Ann Arbor, Michigan University, Library P. 1523 [P.Mich. inv. 1523]


Editio princeps

• Worrell, William Hoyt. 1935. "Coptic Magical and Medical Texts." Orientalia NS 4: 3-4 #1 [1-37 & 184-194].

Improved edition (online)

• Schenke, Gesa in Cult of Saints

Additional bibliography (translations)

• Pernigotti, Sergio. 1995. "La magia copta." In Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt II.18.5, edited by Hildegard Temporini and Wolfgang Haase, 3720-3721 #24 [3685–3730]. Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter.

• Pernigotti, Sergio. 2000. Testi della magia copta, Piccola biblioteca di egittologia 5. Imola: La Mandragora, #39.

• Richter, Tonio Sebastian in: Fischer-Elfert, Hans Werner. 2005. Altägyptische Zaubersprüche, mit Beträgen von Tonio Sebastian Richter, Reclams Universal-Bibliothek 18375. Stuttgart: Philipp Reclam Jr., 125-126 (translation) & 173-174 (commentary).

• Skiles, Stephen H. in: Meyer, Marvin, and Richard Smith. 1999. Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power. Princeton/NJ: Princeton University Press, 217-218 #108.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 575", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,