Video: The Ancient Greek Magical Papyrus PGM VII

This unique ancient magical scroll from Egypt comprises the most extensive ritual collection among the Greek magical papyri.


  • Overview of PGM VII
  • The dice-based Homer oracle
  • Good and bad times for ritual practice
  • Ritual instructions: Divination, Love, and Healing
  • A journey through the networks of the ancient deities in PGM VII
  • Who are the dominant deities in PGM VII?
  • Different Kinds of Performing Magic
  • Summary, Results & Interpretation
  • Who was the Magician who owned PGM VII?



Link to the papyrus

“Demokrit’s Games” experiment

By by Dr. Sean Coughlin:
On Twitter: Alchemies of Scent @alchemofscent

Reconstruction of the Egyptian calendar and the “Orbit of the Moon” 

Raquel Martín Hernández, A New Column in P.Lond. I 121 (Pap.Graec.Mag.VII): Edition and Interpretation. In: Symbolae Osloenses, Norwegian Journal of Greek and Latin Studies 92:1 (2018), 156-170.
Dr. Raquel Martín Hernández on Twitter: @rakimenides

Dr. Gad Barnea on Twitter: @gbarnea

Links to ancient Greek terms

Link to the papyrus from the “Coptic Wizard’s Hoard”

P.Mich.inv. 599 / Verso:

Link to a discussion about the “Headless Deity”

3 hours+ discussion with Dr. Justin Sledge, host of The Esoterica Channel on YouTube:
Who was the Headles Deity?


Karl Preisendanz, Papyri Graecae Magicae – Die griechischen Zauberpapyri, Band II (1931), 1-45. Dieter Betz (ed.), The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation (1986), 112-145.

Further Reading

Using Homer for Divination: Homeromanteia in Context By: Raquel Martín Hernández