Background and Physical Properties
- Recto + Verso
- 19.5 x 28.8 cm.
- Conservation Status
- This leaf from a large codex is broken on all sides. Kollesis in the center. (TC)
- Palaeographic Description
- The hand is that of a practised scribe, far superior to any other in the collection. An early date is indicated by the form of some of the letters, cf. ed. Sections are marked by the coronis, but not consistently. The letters lean slightly to the right. The leaf bears the page numbers 167, 168 at the right (recto) / left (verso) of the column of writing. (TC)
- Ann Arbor
- Possibly Vth/VIth century A.D.
- February 1921; Acquired by Sir Budge; Notes by Crum, 1921
- sub-literary; medicine
- Type of Text/Title of Work
- medical recipes
- The text deals with medicine rather than magic; for the medicamenta, irrational as they appear to us, are the sole means of treatment. There are no prayers or spells. The line of demarcation between medicine and magic is, of course, not always easily drawn. Prayers, spells and substances are all applied in the same pragmatic way.
- A certain arrangement is discernable. Page 167 deals with wounds, hemorrhages and swellings; page 168, with digestive disorders. The remedy for toothache is interpolated, because the roasted dove brings to mind the "dove-herb."
- Subject Headings
- Medicine--Formulae, receipts, prescriptions--Egypt.
- Wounds and injuries--Egypt.
- Dentistry, Ancient.
- Magic, Egyptian.
- ... or something has pierced him:
- Place it upon bandages, or melt it by means of a dying fire, and apply it to the places which you are about to treat.
- For those who are slow to heal in the case of every wound:
- Calamine 1 oz.
- Copper scales 1 oz.
- Calcined copper 1 oz.
- Vitriol 1 1/2 oz.
- Rock alun 1 1/2 oz.
- Together, sum 6 (oz.)
- Wax 1 lb.
- Rhodinon 1/2 lb.
- Melt the wax, together with the rhodinon, and cast the dry (ingredients) upon them, (previously) pulverized, and apply it thus
- For bringing up a thorn:
- Pulverize an earth-nut (?) with honey, and put it upon the place of the thorn. It will bring it up.
- For every hemorrhage or every wound:
- Rock alun, pulverized and ........
- Put it upon the wound and it will be removed at once.
- For every inflammation:
- Take some milk of (a woman who has suffered) miscarriage.
- Apply it. He will recover.
- A cathartic:
- Take a dove, and fill its inside with salt and ........, together with ....... and a little pepper, then a quantity of wine and a little genuine oil, and a little water.
- You cook it, and ...... Afterward drink a little stale wine.
- In a little while you will purge.
- For diseased teeth:
- There is a plant, the "dove-herb", (widely) scattered, which (in Greek) is (called) "peristereon." You place a chew upon the diseased tooth, and you place its juice upon that side for a while, and you rinse your mouth in a place to which no sun(-light) comes.
- (For) one whose bowels run:
- A pomegranate.
- You pour it(scontents out, and you mix it with the whites of eggs, and you rub it to a dough, and you cook it. Afterwards you peel .........."
Information on Publications
Series and Volume Editor Year Pg/Nr Photo SB Preferred Citation Corrections Orientalia 4 Worrell WH 1935 187-92 Worrell WH, Orientalia 4, 187-92, 1935
- Year Begin
- Year End
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- 5625 x 7228
- Advanced Papyrological Information System (APIS UM)