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The MORTEXVAR database

The MORTEXVAR database collects data of the ancient Egyptian Coffin Texts to digitise them, analyse them and make them accessible. The data have been extracted from two sources: the reference edition of these texts by Adriaan de Buck (1935-1961) and the Index of spells by Leonard Lesko (1979).

The current MORTEXVAR database (beta version) gives you free access to:

  • The texts transliteration and (partial) French translation

  • All the 1,185 Coffin Text spells in their “main” version, which usually is the first from the left in the edition by the Buck. The versions from the rest of witnesses will be added in the future.

  • The witnesses (text instances) with their provenance and chronology.

  • The spells' position in the coffins.

The future MORTEXVAR database will include:

  • Complete transliteration and translation of all witnesses of the Coffin Texts edited by De Buck.

  • Annotation (lexical and grammatical)

  • Linking to the (image capture / encoding) OCR-PT-CT project at UAH.

  • Linking to the hieroglyphic edition by De Buck.

You can access the MORTEXVAR database beta version here.

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