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Egyptian spells deciphered

Spells that deal with love and control have been deciphered from ancient papyri which dates back to the 3rd century A.D. Ancient, magical spells of love, subjugation and sex: It may sound like a “Game of Thrones” episode, but these evildoings are also found on two recently deciphered papyri from Egypt

1,500-year-old Papyrus referring to Last Supper found

An ancient piece of papyrus, thought to be the first ever found to refer to the Last Supper, has been found by a researcher looking through the vaults of a library at the University of Manchester. On one side, it has a combination of biblical passages from the books of Psalms

Translated 3rd-century document describes fixed wrestling match

A piece of Egyptian papyrus dating back to the 3rd century A.D. has been translated, revealing details about a plot to fix a wrestling match. Researchers have deciphered a Greek document that shows an ancient wrestling match was fixed. The document, which has a date on it that corresponds to the

1,600-year-old labour contract translated

A Greek document written on papyrus in the 4th century A.D. has been translated, revealing a contract written for a guard hired to protect a vineyard in Egypt. According to Helms' translation, the ancient text reads: "I agree that I have made a contract with you on the condition that I

Ancient poems found on Greek papyrus

Two previously known poems written by the Greek poetess Sappho in the 7th century B.C. have been discovered, written on 2nd-3rd century A.D. papyrus. One of the two recovered poems speaks of a Charaxos and a Larichos, the names assigned by ancient Greeks to two of Sappho’s brothers, though never before

The world’s oldest port found in Egypt

Archaeologists working in Egypt have uncovered the world's oldest port, dating back to 2,600 B.C. "The port of Wadi el-Jarf located on the Red Sea. 180 kilometres south of Suez dates to around 2,600 BC and the reign of King Khufu," Egypt's minister for antiquities Mohammed Ibrahim said in a statement. Is

Jesus’s Wife papyrus is a modern fake

A New Testament scholar from Durham University says the papyrus fragment I posted about earlier this week, which references Jesus' wife, is a modern fake. [Thx to Sebastian for the heads up] He does not directly criticise Professor Karen King, of Harvard, who presented the fragment at a conference in Rome

Reference to Jesus’ wife found on scrap of papyrus

A scrap of papyrus from the 4th century A.D. has been found which makes a reference to Jesus having a wife. The provenance of the papyrus fragment is a mystery, and its owner has asked to remain anonymous. Until Tuesday, Dr. King had shown the fragment to only a small circle