Papyri Graecae Magicae

D.T. 271 (Hadrumetum, North Africa, c. 3rd cent. C.E.)

I invoke you daimonion spirit who lies here, by the holy name AOTH ABAOTH, the god of Abraham and IAO, the god of Jacob, IAO AOTH ABAOTH, god of Israma, hear the honored, dreadful and great name, go away to Urbanus, to whom Urbana gave birth, and bring him to Domitiana, to whom Candida gave birth, [so that] loving, frantic, and sleepless with love and desire for her, he may beg her to return to his house and become his wife. I invoke you, the great god, eternal and more than eternal, almighty and exalted above the exalted ones. I invoke you, who created the heaven and the sea. I invoke you, who set aside the righteous. I invoke you, who divided the staff in the sea, to bring Urbanus, to whom Urbana gave birth, and united him with Domitiana, to whom Candida gave birth, loving, tormented, and sleepless with desire and love for her, so that he may take her into his house as his wife. I invoke you, who made the mule unable to bear offspring. I invoke you, who separated light from darkness. I invoke you, who crushes rocks. I invoke you, who breaks apart mountains. I invoke you, who hardened the earth on its foundations. I invoke you, by the holy name which is not spoken. ...I will mention it by a word with the same numerical equivalent and the daimones will be awakened, startled, terrified, to bring Urbanus, to whom Urbana gave birth, and unite him with Domitiana, to whom Candida gave birth, loving and begging for her. Now! Quickly! I invoke you, who made the heavenly lights and stars by the command of your voice, so that they should shine on all men. I invoke you, who shook the entire world, who breaks the back of mountains and casts them up out of the water, who causes the whole earth to tremble and then renews all its inhabitants. I invoke you, who made signs in the heaven, on earth and on the sea, to bring Urbanus, to whom Urbana gave birth, and unite him as husband with Domitiana, to whom Candida gave birth, loving her, sleepless with desire for her, begging for her, and asking that she return to his house and become his wife. I invoke you, great, everlasting and almighty god, whom the heavens and the valleys fear throughout the whole earth, through whom the lion gives up its spoil and the mountains tremble with earth and sea, and [through whom] each becomes wise who possesses fear of the Lord who is eternal, immortal, vigilant, hater of evil, who knows all things that have happened, good and evil, in the sea and rivers, on earth and mountain, AOTH, ABAOTH, the god of Abraham and IAO of Jacob, IAO AOTH, ABAOTH, god of Israma, bring Urbanus, to whom Urbana gave birth, and unite him with Domitiana, to whom Candida gave birth, loving, frantic, tormented with love, passion, and desire for Domitiana, whom Candida bore; unite them in marriage and as spouses in love for all the time of their lives. Make him as her obedient slave, so that he will desire no other woman or maiden apart from Domitiana alone, to whom Candida gave birth, and will keep her as his spouse for all the time of their lives. Now, now! Quickly, quickly!

 

(trans. J. Gager (1992), no. 36)