The Greek Magical Papyri (Latin Papyri Graecae Magicae, abbreviated PGM) is the name given by scholars to a body of papyri from Graeco-Roman Egypt, which each contain a number of magical spells, formulae, hymns and ritual. The materials in the papyri date from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD. The manuscripts came to light through the antiquities trade, from the 18th century onwards. One of the best known of these texts is the Mithras Liturgy.

The texts were published in a series, and individual texts are referenced using the abbreviation PGM plus the volume and item number. Each volume contains a number of spells and rituals. Further discoveries of similar texts from elsewhere have been allocated PGM numbers for convenience.

PGM XII and XIII were the first to be published, appearing in 1843 in Greek and in a Latin translation in 1885.

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A digital version of the PGM (specifically, Preisendanz vol. II) at the University of Heidelberg:


Full text of « Papyri Graecae Magicae« :



  • 9h-9h30, installation des posters.
  • 9h30-10h, petit déjeuner.
  • 10h-10h10, introduction par Hubert Bost (président de l’EPHE).
  • 10h10-11h15, présentations du contexte :
  • » Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra (chargé de mission HN), Présent et futur des humanités numériques à l’EPHE.
  • » Hélène Chaudoreille (PSL), Le développement de l’offre de services de la Direction des ressources et savoirs de PSL.
  • » Margot Georges et Mickael Malandran (SCDBA), Les données de la recherche à l’EPHE : services proposés par le SCDBA.
  • 11h15-12h30, table ronde : « Les humanités numériques pourquoi et comment ? »
  • » Laurent Coulon, (Égypte ancienne), égyptologie,
  • » Anne Marie Turcan-Verkerk (SAPRAT), philologie latine,
  • » Philippe Pons (CRCAO), ingénieur en humanités numériques,
  • » François Queyrel (AOROC), histoire de l’art,
  • » Antony Hostein (AnHIMA), numismatique.
    • 12h30-13h30, déjeuner.
    • 13h30-15h00, session de posters par des membres de SAPRAT, CRCAO, PROCLAC, O&M, Égypte Ancienne, PACEA, LEM, AnHIMA, MEDé :
      Hala Bayoumi, Marine Béranger, Laurianne Bruneau, Zina Cohen, Angela Cossu, Laurent Coulon, Marie-Françoise Courel, Dany Coutinho Nogueira, Jérémy Delmulle, Colette Dufossé, Frédéric Duplessis, Kaan Eraslan, Baptiste Fiette, Nicolas Fiévé, Thomas Gallopin, Martin Glessgen, Jean-Sébastien Gros, Jérôme Haquet, Michel Hochmann, Antony Hostein, Danielle Jacquart, Vanessa Juloux, Anne-Isabelle Langlois, Patrice Le Guilloux, François Leclère, Guy-Michel Leproux, Philippe Lorentz, Elizabeth MacDonald, Maria Grazia Masetti Rouault, Martin Morard, Costantino Moretti, Emmanuelle Morlock, Audrey Nassieu Maupas, Francesca Nebiolo, François de Polignac, Sépideh Qaheri, Francois Queyrel, Vincent Razanajao, Charlotte Rittemard, Régis Robineau, Karim Sayadi, Judith Schlanger, Daniel Stockholm, Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra, Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk, Anna van den Kerchove, Charlotte von Verschuer, Françoise Wang-Toutain.
  • 15h00-15h20, présentation de l’offre de formation :
    Marc Bui (MEDé), Jean-Baptiste Camps (ENC), François Jouen (MEDé), Vanessa Juloux (O&M), Karim Sayadi (MEDé), Daniel Stockholm (MEDé), Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra (O&M) :
  • 15h45 17h00, table ronde : les humanités computationnelles :
  • » Jérôme Courchay (PSL) et Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra (O&M), vision d’ordinateur,
  • » Benoît Sagot (INRIA/ALPAGE), traitement automatique de langage,
  • » Loïc Bertrand (IPANEMA), sciences des matériaux.
  • 17h00 17h45, conférence : les humanités numériques pour les sciences de l’érudition :
  • » Marie-Luce Demonet (Centre d’Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, U. de Tours, IUF),

Inscriptions ouvertes :

Le comité d’organisation :
Marc Bui, Laurent Coulon, Rainier Lanselle, Daniel Stökl Ben Ezra, Anne-Marie Turcan-Verkerk.

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The Digital Humanities and Islamic & Middle East Studies

Elias Muhanna, 2016


Over the past few decades, humanistic inquiry has been problematized and invigorated by the emergence of what is referred to as the digital humanities. Across multiple disciplines, from history to literature, religious studies to philosophy, archaeology to music, scholars are tapping the extraordinary power of digital technologies to preserve, curate, analyze, visualize, and reconstruct their research objects. The study of the Middle East and the broader Islamic world has been no less impacted by this new paradigm. Scholars are making daily use of digital tools and repositories including private and state-sponsored archives of textual sources, digitized manuscript collections, densitometrical imaging, visualization and modeling software, and various forms of data mining and analysis. This collection of essays explores the state of the art in digital scholarship pertaining to Islamic & Middle Eastern studies, addressing areas such as digitization, visualization, text mining, databases, mapping, and e-publication. It is of relevance to any researcher interested in the opportunities and challenges engendered by this changing scholarly ecosystem.

(Text by the author)





Islamic and Middle East Studies and the Digital Turn – Muhanna, Elias

Uncertainty and the Archive – Zadeh, Travis

Of Making Many Copies There is No End: The Digitization of Manuscripts and Printed Books in Arabic Script – Riedel, Dagmar

Al-Kindi on the Kindle: The Library of Arabic Literature and the Challenges of Publishing Bilingual Arabic-English Books – Rossetti, Chip

Working with Grassroots Digital Humanities Projects: The Case of the Tall al-Zaʿtar Facebook Groups – Yaqub, Nadia

Toward Abstract Models for Islamic History – Romanov, Maxim

Quantifying the Quran – Brey, Alex

Mapping Ottoman Damascus Through News Reports: A Practical Approach – Grallert, Till

“Find for Me!”: Building a Context-Based Search Tool Using Python – Peralta, José Haro / Verkinderen, Peter

Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities: Undergraduate Exploration into the Transmitters of Early Islamic Law – Blecher, Joel

From Basmati Rice to the Bani Hilal: Digital Archives and Public Humanities – Reynolds, Dwight F.

Subject index


The Gnostic Society Library (a section of The Gnosis Archive), contains a vast collection of primary documents relating to the Gnostic tradition as well as a selection of in-depth audio lectures and brief archive notes designed to orient study of the documents, their sources, and the religious tradition they represent.  (See the Overview of the Library Collection, below.)

The library includes over a thousand documents (four gigabytes of material) related to the Gnostic tradition, including all major Gnostic writings and anti-Gnostic patristic texts.  Using the Archive Search function, students and researches can easily find just about any anything relating to the Gnostic tradition.

Lectures provided in the library are from the audio archives of The Gnostic Society in Los Angeles and BC Recordings; they are presented in MP3 format or an older RealAudio format and run about 75 minutes in length. As you visit the library, set aside time to listen to a lecture. Remember to also visit the Gnostic Society Bookstore for a collection of the best current works on Gnosis and Gnosticism.

Recently updated in the Library:

The Nag Hammadi Library collection received a major update in May 2015. Several prominent scholars have contributed editions of their authoritative translations to our library collection. Over twenty of these new translations have now been added to the online collection. We are especially grateful for the assistance and contributions of Dr. Willis Barnstone, Dr. John Turner, Dr. Stevan Davies, and the late Dr. Marvin Meyer. This resource in the Gnostic Society library receives a few million unique visits each year and is referenced by many academic courses which survey the Gnostic tradition, as well as by readers from all over the world.

Traductions françaises de La Bibliothèque copte de Nag Hammadi (BCNH)


Sont disponibles gratuitement toutes les traductions françaises de La Bibliothèque copte de Nag Hammadi (BCNH) lancée en 1974 à l’Université Laval (Québec, Canada).

Aux codices de Nag Hammadi, il a été joint les quatre traités contenus dans le Berolinensis Gnosticus 8502, un codex conservé à Berlin qui contient deux traités dont on trouve des parallèles dans la collection de Nag Hammadi.

Voici l’adresse électronique :

L’Esotérisme dans l’Antiquité


Un nouveau site web est en ligne ( pour tout ceux qui s’intéressent aux doctrines philosophico-religieuses qui nonobstant soient souvent considérées comme marginales dans l’histoire de la philosophie platonicienne de l’Antiquité tardive, ont joué un rôle très important dans celle-ci.

Voici les infos données dans l’onglet « About » : « Ancient is the website for the Network for the Study of Ancient Esotericism (NSEA), a thematic network associated with the European Society for the Study of Western Esotericism (ESSWE). NSEA specializes in the study of esoteric phenomena of the ancient period and provides contact for specialists of ancient esoteric thought, history, and literature.

This website is intended as a resource for scholars and students. While the ancient sources (Gnostic, theurgic, Neoplatonic, Hermetic, etc.) of Western Esotericism possess enormous importance for the development of esoteric currents from the fourteenth century onwards, there remains only a minimum of interaction between the antiquity experts and their (proto)-modern colleagues. The Network therefore is intended to:

1) introduce scholarship on ancient esotericism to students of Western Esotericism,

2) serve as a forum in which to exchange ideas, notes and references, etc. outside of other professional bodies which are not concerned with esotericism per se,

3) to coordinate study and workshops with other working groups on the subject, such as the Society of Biblical Literature’s Section on Esotericism and Mysticism in Antiquity, and

4) (and most importantly) to provide a junction of the many resources online that can serve as aids in the study of this fascinating and difficult material (dictionaries, textual corpora, blogs, etc.) ».

Voici les onglets thématiques du site :

Il est désormais disponible en ligne le PhilBrasil.

Il s’agit d’un répertoire bibliographique des travaux en philosophie inspiré du PhilPapers. Son principal objectif est de répertorier la philosophie brésilienne ainsi que les travaux sur l’histoire de la philosophie produite par des philosophes brésiliens et des travaux traduits en langue portugaise. Il est possible de faire une recherche par auteur, mot-clé, titre de l’article ou de la revue.

Plusieurs travaux sont déjà répertoriés dans la rubrique « Historia da Filosofia », onglet « Filosofia Antiga » : antiga.