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Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete

Ed. by Fournet, Jean-Luc / Kramer, Bärbel / Maehler, Herwig / McGing, Brian / Poethke, Günter / Reiter, Fabian / Richter, Tonio Sebastian


CiteScore 2018: 0.21

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.531
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.716

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Volume 64, Issue 1

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Horus, Isis, and the Dark-Eyed Beauty a Series of Magical Ostraca in the Brigham Young University Collection

Lincoln H. Blumell / Korshi Dosoo
Published Online: 2018-09-08 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apf-2018-0009

Abstract

O.BYU Mag., a Coptic love spell written continuously over three successive ostraca, consists largely of a narrative in which Horus asks for the help of his mother Isis to win the love of a woman whom he meets in the underworld. It is one of twenty-two known Coptic magical texts that mention Egyptian or Greek deities, and its narrative is paralleled almost exactly in three of these. Dating to the seventh or eighth century CE, it provides important evidence regarding the knowledge and survival of Egyptian deities at a time when Egypt was thoroughly Christian.

Keywords: Magic; Coptic; Ostraca; Horus; Isis

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Published Online: 2018-09-08

Published in Print: 2018-07-01


Citation Information: Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete, Volume 64, Issue 1, Pages 199–259, ISSN (Online) 1867-1551, ISSN (Print) 0066-6459, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/apf-2018-0009.

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