Title

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

Keywords

Magic, Coptic, Ostraca, Horus, Isis

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.

Original Publication Citation

“Horus, Isis, and the Dark-Eyed Beauty: A Series of Magical Ostraca in the Brigham Young University Collection.” Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete 64.1 (2018): 199–259 (with Korshi Dosoo).

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2018

Publisher

Degruyter

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Associate Professor

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