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Artefact ID583
TM IDTM 99569
Findspot (DEChriM ID)-   ()
Writing mediumSheet/roll
Text contentSubliterary

P.Mich. inv. 4932

Paragogic love charm in Coptic (S) written on both sides of the papyrus; differing from others in asking for honest love and matrimony; the invoked personified oil seems to be represented by actual oil used by the sorcerer

Selection criteriaChristian terms/formulas/concepts, Coptic language
Date from400
Date to599
Dating criteria


Absolute/relative dateRelative date
Archaeological context-
Accession number

Ann Arbor, Michigan University, Library P. 4932 [P.Mich. inv. 4932]


Editio princeps

• Worrell, William Hoyt. 1935. "Coptic Magical and Medical Texts." Orientalia NS 4: 184-187 #5 [1-37 & 184-94].

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, 3685–3730. Berlin & New York: Walter de Gruyter, 3712-3714 #18.

• Skiles, Stephen H. in: Meyer, Marvin, and Richard Smith. 1999. Ancient Christian Magic: Coptic Texts of Ritual Power. Princeton/NJ: Princeton University Press, 175-176 #82.

Additional bibliography (contents)

• Hevesi, Krisztina. 2019. "A Few Remarks on the Persistence of Native Egyptian historiolae in Coptic Magical Texts." In Current Research in Egyptology 2018: Proceedings of the Nineteenth Annual Symposium, Czech Institute of Egyptology, Faculty of Arts, Charles University, Prague, 25-28 June 2018, edited by Marie Peterková  Hlouchová, Dana Bĕlohoubková, Jiŕí Honzl and Vĕra Nováková, 42-54. Oxford: Archaeopress Publishing.

• Richter, Tonio Sebastian. 2015. "Markedness and Unmarkedness in Coptic Magical Writing." In Écrire la magie dans l’Antiquité – Scrivere la magia nell’Antichità: Proceedings of the International Workshop (Liège, October 13–15, 2011), edited by Magali de Haro Sanchez, Papyrologica Leodiensia 5, 86–108. Liège: Presses universitaires de Liège, 99.

Matthias Müller, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, 2021, "Artefact ID 583", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,