Agnes Mihálykó Tothne

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Over fifty early Christian liturgical prayers in ancient Greek and Coptic have been preserved on papyrus from the third to the ninth centuries, which testify to a variety of practices and record the early history of the Coptic Church’s liturgy. Most of them relate to the Eucharist or are intercessions for various occasions, but there are also prayers for the liturgy of the hours, for the ordination of a monk, and blessings as well. They are scattered in various collections and were edited in diverse volumes and journals, several of them over hundred years ago. My project will bring together these prayers in one corpus as well as in digital publication with a reliable transcription, an English translation and commentary, with reflections on the text’s liturgical function and relation to the intellectual and theological currents of its time.

The project will be executed in Vienna, at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in collaboration with the project „Euchologia. Daily Life and Religion: Byzantine Prayer Books as Sources for Social History” lead by Claudia Rapp, at the Papyrus Collection of the Austrian National Library, and in Oslo at the University of Oslo.


March 2020- February 2022    FRIPRO postdoctoral mobility fellow (NFR), University of Oslo

September 2018- March 2020 postdoctoral fellow, Eötvös József Collegium, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest (funded by the Hungarian Scientific Research Council)

October – December 2017   Senior Research Librarian, Papyrus collection of the Oslo University Library, University of Oslo, Norway

October 2016 – October 2017 Completion grant fellow, University of Oslo

2013–2016                    Doctoral research fellow, University of Oslo


2017      PhD in Classics, University of Oslo

Thesis title: ‘Writing the Christian Liturgy in Egypt (3rd to 9th cent.)’

Supervisors: Anastasia Maravela and Anne Boud’hors (CNRS, Paris)

2014    MA in Classics, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Supervisor: László Horváth.

2013    MA in Medieval History, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest

Supervisor: Prof. Hermann Harrauer, Vienna, Papyrus collection.

2012  BA in International relations, University of Pannonia, Hungary.

2011–2012     Erasmus, University of Bologna

2011      BA in History and ancient Greek, Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest


Tags: Papyrology, Liturgy, Classics, Christianity


  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2019). A New Complete Witness of a Sahidic 'Prayer of Offering' on Ostracon (BM EA 14180 + P.Berol. 1086). Journal of Coptic Studies.  ISSN 1016-5584.  21, s 163- 171 . doi: 10.2143/JCS.21.0.3285806
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2019). Amulet against fever, In Anne Boud'hors; Tonio Sebestian Richter; Alain Delattre; Gesa Schenke & Georg Schmelz (ed.),  Coptica Palatina. Koptische Texte, bearbeitet auf der 4. Internationalen Sommerschule für Koptische Papyrologie.  Universitätsverlag Carl Winter.  ISBN 978-3946054436.  edition no. 5.  s 51 - 53
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2019). The persistence of Greek and the rise of Coptic in the early Christian liturgy in Egypt, In Alberto Nodar & Sofia Torallas Tovar (ed.),  Proceedings of the 28th International Congress of Papyrology, Barcelona 2016, Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona 2019).  Publicacions deL’Abadia de Montserrat – Universitat Pompeu Fabra.  ISBN 9788491910794.  chapter.  s 698 - 705
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2019). Two Coptic prayers on ostracon (P.Berol. 709 and 9444+4790). Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete.  ISSN 0066-6459.  65(1), s 133- 155
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó & Berkes, Lajos (2019). A Greek Acclamation in Praise of an illustris from Seventh-Century Egypt (P.Berol.inv. 5603 Reconsidered). Greek, Roman and Byzantine Studies.  ISSN 0017-3916.  59, s 295- 310 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2018). P.Matr. 46: Hymn to Mary. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik.  ISSN 0084-5388.  207, s 41- 46
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2018). The thrice-blessed Pesynthios of Koptos and the presanctified holies: some notes on a Coptic pastoral letter (P.Berol. 11346). Adamantius.  ISSN 1126-6244.  24, s 143- 149
  • Maravela, Anastasia; Wehus, Glenn Øystein & Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2017). A Coptic Liturgical Prayer for the Consecration of the Chalice. Archiv für Papyrusforschung und verwandte Gebiete.  ISSN 0066-6459.  63(1), s 204- 230 . doi: 10.1515/apf-2017-0013 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2016). Account of Phoibammon for building expenses. Eirene. Studia Graeca et Latina.  ISSN 0046-1628.  52, s 73- 76 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2016). List of dyke workers. Eirene. Studia Graeca et Latina.  ISSN 0046-1628.  52, s 77- 79 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2015). Christ and Charon: PGM P13 Reconsidered. Symbolae Osloenses.  ISSN 0039-7679.  89(1), s 183- 209 . doi: 10.1080/00397679.2015.1108051 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2015). Christ and Charon: PGM P13 in context, In Erika Juhász (ed.),  Byzanz und das Abendland III. Studia Byzantino-Occidentalia.  Eötvös-József-Collegium.  ISBN 978-615-5371-44-8.  KAPITTEL.  s 283 - 292 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2015). P.Mon.Epiph. 607: Great Doxology and Trisagion. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik.  ISSN 0084-5388.  194, s 97- 100 Full text in Research Archive.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2015). Witnesses of a ‘prayer of offering’ in Sahidic from the White Monastery and the Thebaid. Journal of Coptic Studies.  ISSN 1016-5584.  17, s 127- 139

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  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó & Preininger Svodobová, Markéta (2021, 29. januar). Ancient Liturgy and Magic with Ágnes Mihalykó. [Internett].  Coptic Magical Papyri Podcast.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2020). A Coptic Mother-in-Law’s Curse. Papyrus Stories: Everyday Stories from the Ancient Past.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2020). Blessing a Baby Against Every Illness. Papyrus Stories: Everyday Stories from the Ancient Past.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2020). Jesus Christ before me, Iao Sabaoth Adonai behind me: A Prayer for Good Luck and Protection. Papyrus Stories: Everyday Stories from the Ancient Past.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2020). P.MoscowCopt. 96: An Evening Prayer from Western Thebes.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2020). Prayers Formulated in the Liturgical Tradition(s).
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2019). An unusual Byzantine document concerning fugitives.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2019). Liturgical Healing in Late Antique Egypt.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2019). Mary, Michael and the Twenty-four Elders: Saints and Angels in Christian Liturgical and Magical Texts.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2019). The Earliest Euchologia on Papyrus: Bishops, Orthodoxy, and the Regulation of Liturgical Prayer.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó; Maravela, Anastasia & Boud'hors, Anne (2019). Christian Liturgical Papyri: An Introduction. Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum (STAC). 114. Show summary
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2018). An Egyptian Christmas Carol. Papyrus Stories: Everyday Stories from the Ancient Past.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2018). Healing in the church: the clergy, the monks, and the saints.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2018). How to be Successful in Life (Fourth-Century Style). Papyrus Stories: Everyday Stories from the Ancient Past.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2018). Rediscovering ancient lives from papyri: introducing papyrology.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2018). Writing Prayers: The Earliest Euchologia on Papyrus.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó & Buchinger, Harald (2018). Liturgical Books. Christianity. Patristics and Orthodox Churches, In Dale C. Allison & Christine Helmer (ed.),  Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception (EBR).  Walter de Gruyter.  ISBN 9783110313338.  lexicon article.  s 848 - 850
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2017). Markers of Religious Identity in Ritual Texts on Papyri (3-5th century): Between Fluidity and Regulation.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2017). Omvisning i papyrussammlingen av Universitetsbiblioteket (II).
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2017). Presentation of papyrus editions P.Oslo inv. 376, 391, 1503 and 1666.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2017). Presentation of the papyrus collection to The Museum Group.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2017). Reconstructing the Liturgy in Western Thebes.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2017). Review of Karlheinz SCHÜSSLER, Biblia Coptica. Die koptischen Bibeltexte. Band 2. Das sahidische Alte und Neue Testament. Vollständiges Verzeichnis mit Standorten, Lieferung 2: sa 185-260 (Wiesbaden, Harrassowitz Verlag, 2015). Chronique d'Égypte.  ISSN 0009-6067.  92, s 425- 427
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2017). The Canons of Basil in the context of the liturgy in Western Thebes.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó & Fydal, Lars O. (2017). Nye funn om gammel liturgi. Avisa Vårt land.  (133), s 26- 27
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó & Solhaug, Knut Erik (2017, 08. juni). Interju NRK Østlanssendingen. [Radio].  NRK.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2016). Omvisning i papyrussammlingen av Universitetsbiblioteket.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2016). Singing in Greek, praying in Coptic: languages in the liturgy of late antique Egypt.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2016). The materiality of liturgical manuscripts.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2016). The persistence of Greek and the rise of Coptic in the early Christian liturgy in Egypt.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2015). ‘Forgive Me, I Know Nothing, Teach Me’: Prayers and Hymns in Educational Context.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2015). Liturgical Manuscripts as Amulets.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2015). Liturgical Papyri in Monastic Context.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2015). ‘Liturgical Papyri in Monastic Context.’.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2014). Christ and Charon: PGM P13 in context.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2014). 'How Can We Sing the Lord's Song?' Liturgical Papyri in Use.

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