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Artefact ID96
TM IDTM 108138
Findspot (DEChriM ID)51   (Madīnat Māḍī)
Writing mediumCodex
Text contentLiterary

Unedited fragmentary remains of a codex containing Acts of Mani in Coptic (L4), now dispersed over three collections: the Egyptian Museum in Berlin (Pap. Berlin P. 15997; 7 or 8 leaves, largely illegible, taken from the block for restoration, with the rest of the block lost during/after the war); the Department of Papyrology of Warsaw University (no number known, fragment of a leaf from Berlin); Chester Beatty (number unknown; single leaf).

State of conservation rather deplorable, hence largely unpublished.

Selection criteriaLiterary genre (Non-canonical), Coptic language
Date from380
Date to435
Dating criteria

Manichaean context, dossier connection with other Manichaean codices, radiocarbon dating (BeDuhn, Hodgins 2017).

Absolute/relative dateAbsolute date
Archaeological context

Supposedly found at Madīnat Māḍī (Robinson 2013: 58–59).

Accession number

Berlin, Staatliche Museen, Ägyptisches Museum und Papyrussammlung P. 15997 + Warsaw, Department of Papyrology, number unknown + Dublin, Chester Beatty, Pma


Still unedited due to state of preservation

Facsimile edition

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

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.

• Giversen, Søren. 1986. "The Unedited Chester Beatty Mani Texts." In Codex Manichaicus Coloniensus. Atti del Simposio Internazionale (Rende-Amantea 3–7 settembre 1984) edited by Luigi Cirillo and Amneris Rosellis, 371–80. Cosenza: Marra.

• Robinson, James M. 2013. The Manichean Codices of Medinet Madi. Eugene/OR: Cascade Books, 225–47.

• Schmidt, Carl, and Hans Jakob Polotsky. 1933. "Ein Mani-Fund in Ägypten. Originalschriften des Mani und seiner Schüler, with a contribution by Hugo Ibscher."  Sitzungsberichte der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin. Philosophisch-Historische Klasse 1933/1: 4–90.

Matthias Müller, Victor Ghica, 2021
Suggested citation
Matthias Müller, Victor Ghica, 2021, "Artefact ID 96", 4CARE database - Fourth-Century Christian Archaeological Record of Egypt,