Traditions of Magic in Late Antiquity

This site, from the (relatively) early days of the web, is the result of an exhibit at the Kelsey Museum of the University of Michigan, curated in 1996 by Gideon Bohak, who has recently published Ancient Jewish Magic: A History (Cambridge, 2008).  Included are “Recipe books,” papyri with instructions for assembling various ingredients as part of the spell; a particularly rich collection of papyri amulets and gems, mostly from Campbell Bonner’s Studies in Magical Amulets: Chiefly Graeco-Egyptian (Ann Arbor, 1950), including the famous cock-headed anguiped “IAO;” Continue reading

Nag Hammadi Archive

This important collection of photos documents the editing of the Nag Hammadi Library and related activities, in Egypt, during the mid-70s.  They include photographs of the editors working at the Coptic Museum in Cairo; from the archaeological work done around the spot of the find; and finally, a series of negatives of the manuscripts themselves, taken in 1973, distinct from the facsimile edition of the codices later published by Brill. Continue reading

Hill Museum & Manuscript Library

The Hill Museum and Manuscript Library (HMML) at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota is building an archive of reproductions of Eastern Christian manuscripts, especially those in danger of damage or destruction, under the direction of Professor Columba Stewart.  According to the website, there are now over 125,000 manuscripts on microfilm or digitized. Continue reading

Database of Coptic Textiles

The Department of Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences offers this unique site has short introductions (with images) to Coptic weaving techniques and textiles, and a searchable photographic database of all 81 Coptic textiles in its Rietz collection; to my knowledge, no online resource of similar scope exists for this important form of Late Antique art. Continue reading

Digital Images of the Cologne Mani Codex (CMC)

On the website of the University of Cologne’s Papyrus-Sammlung, an extremely important collection of ancient documents, high-resolution digital images of the Cologne Mani Codex are available: Continue reading

Digital Images of Codex Bezae

The Codex Bezae is now available online in digitized form, as part of Cambridge Digital Library’s Treasures of the Library collection.  It is possible to browse the manuscript, download an image of each page as a .jpg file with the click of a button, or even directly request publication rights. Continue reading