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The Demotic Magical Papyrus of London and Leiden

By F. Ll. Griffith and Herbert Thompson

Dating to the second or third century C.E., this papyrus was key to the decipherment of the Demotic Ancient Egyptian dialect. It is also of great importance for the study of magic in antiquity. Included are spells to cure diseases, obtain visions, raise the dead, etc., as well as a number of spells for erotic purposes. The text contains invocations to a wide range of deities and other entities, with names drawn from the Ancient Egyptian pantheon and the Gnostic Aeons.

Production notes: For technical and time reasons, I had to leave out the transliterated Demotic text and the footnotes. This text includes all of the preface, introduction and translation, however. Support for the Coptic alphabet is implemented in the most recent version of Unicode but it is not supported by all Unicode fonts at this time. For this reason, I have used images to embed Coptic text in the etext. This book is better known under the title The Leyden Papyrus, by which it was reprinted by Dover in 1974 (see box to right).

Title Page
Preface
Contents
Introduction
I Col. I
II Col II
III Col. III
IV Col. IV
V Col V
VI Col VI
VII Col. VII
VIII Col. VIII
IX Col. IX
X Col. X
XI Col. XI
XII Col. XII
XIII Col. XIII
XIV Col. XIV
XV Col. XV
XVI Col. XVI
XVII Col. XVII
XVIII Col. XVIII
XIX Col. XIX
XX Col. XX
XXI Col. XXI
XXII Col. XXII
XXIII Col. XXIII
XXIV Col. XXIV
XXV Col. XXV
XXVI Col. XXVI
XXVII Col. XXVII
XXVIII Col. XXVIII
XXIX Col. XXIX
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Verso Col. XXX
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Correspondence of Columns

 

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