Medicine, Magic and Mantics in Ancient Egypt: Discussions on Technical Language and New Sources

5-6 October 2023

Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig
(Karl-Tauchnitz-Straße 1, 04107 Leipzig)

About the Project


Aims and Concept

The collaborative research project Scientific Papyri from Ancient Egypt (SciPap) is pleased to announce its 4th international conference jointly organised with with the research project Structures and Transformations of the Vocabulary of the Egyptian Language: Texts and Knowledge in the Culture of Ancient Egypt (Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig).

A number of hieroglyphic, hieratic, Demotic and Coptic texts of a scientific and technical nature have survived from ancient Egypt, which are linked to the modern concepts of medicine, magic, mantics and astrology. They aim to restore, maintain or improve a person’s health and well-being, sometimes at the expense of others. To this end, injuries were treated directly, demons were invoked as supposed causes of illness, preventive magical measures were taken, gods were consulted and manipulated, and omens were interpreted.

Medicine, Magic, and Mantics in Ancient Egypt will facilitate new research into the sciences of ancient Egypt. The conference aims to open scholarly and public access to hitherto unpublished texts from the above-mentioned fields of knowledge and to promote dialogue between researchers working on scientific texts written in hieroglyphic, hieratic, Demotic and Coptic. Further, the aim is to stimulate research into the lexicographical and phraseological aspects of these scientific and technical texts and to work out possible differences to the general vocabulary.



To attend this event, please send an email to:

Dr. Lutz Popko (Sächische Akademie der Wissenschaften):

Registration deadline: 25 september 2023

The conference will be held hybrid. Please indicate in your registration email if you wish to attend in-person or online. NB: A couple of papers will be presented in-person only. Please refer to the conference programme below for details

View conference flyer and programme

View Link to Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften event webpage


We’d like to thank our generous sponsors for making this event possible:

  • Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Foundation)
  • Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, NYU
  • Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig*

* Die Sächsische Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig ist Mitglied der Union der deutschen Akademien der Wissenschaften. Diese koordiniert das Akademienprogramm, das als derzeit größtes geistes- und kulturwissenschaftliches Langfrist-Forschungsprogramm der Bundesrepublik Deutschland von Bund und Ländern getragen wird. Diese Maßnahme wird mitfinanziert durch Steuermittel auf der Grundlage des vom Sächsischen Landtag beschlossenen Haushalts.