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


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  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2019). The Christian Liturgical Papyri: An Introduction. Mohr Siebeck.  ISBN 978-3-16-155786-6.  451 s. Show summary

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  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó (2018). 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.
  • Tothne, Agnes Mihálykó; Maravela, Anastasia & Boud'hors, Anne (2018). Writing the Christian Liturgy in Egypt (3rd to 9th cent.). Studien und Texte zu Antike und Christentum. 110.
  • 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). 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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