Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Kyprianos Update (1 December 2020)

Our latest update to the Kyprianos Database of Ancient Ritual Texts and Objects has just gone live. As well as correcting some minor errors in manuscript and text entries, we have added:

  • A whole new Archives table. This table provides information on collections of manuscripts. At present, the online version of Kyprianos contains 10 entries, and we will continue to add more with future updates
  • 24 new manuscript entries, bringing the total number to 748.
    • The database now includes entries for all of the manuscripts of Meyer and Smith’s Ancient Christian Magic, in particular the manuscripts which we classify as non-magical and which were therefore excluded in previous updates.
    • These include Vatican Coptic Papyrus 1 (M170), one of the earliest Coptic manuscripts to be published in Europe, containing a sortition oracle, beautiful images of which are available on the Vatican Digital Library, as well as the Old Coptic Schmidt papyrus (M524), one of the earliest surviving Coptic texts, written as a petition to the god Osiris for a woman named Esrmpe.
  • 5 new texts, bringing the total to 22.
    Among the most interesting new additions are:

Many thanks to those readers who contacted us with additional information and corrections.


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