Changes in the DBMNT

Many things have changed since the DBMNT was launched in 2011. First of all, for the past four years the database has grown four times to include 2942 records, which represent all kinds of Christian Nubian written sources, not only those preserving dates.

The second change in the DBMNT concerns the structure of the database and the information gathered in it. Most importantly, the former field 'Object', which was ambiguous and often doubled the content of the field 'Material', has been replaced by the field 'Medium', from where all 'material' designations were removed. Also, the content of the field 'Type of text' has been modified, making the labels more adequate in terms of typology and more accurate in terms of identification of texts (for details, see 'Guidelines'). Last but not least, a new field has been added, the one labelled 'Region': taking into account the large number of sites included in the DBMNT (for a more or less up-to-date list, see G. Ochała, 'Multilingualism in Christian Nubia: Qualitative and quantitative approaches', Dotawo 1 [2014], pp. 1–50), many of which are hard to identify at first sight, this field should help the users to place a given record in a geographical context and facilitate the work on sources from certain localities.

The third major modification in the DBMNT is its integration with (TM). In the 'Main card' the user will notice the field 'TM' containing a number assigned to the object in the Trismegistos database. Clicking on it will direct the user to a respective record in this important and highly useful collection of metadata of nearly 400,000 ancient and medieval texts. The integration works in both directions, of course, so clicking on the appropriate link in the Trismegistos object card will take the user back to the DBMNT.

Finally, the fourth change. In contrast to the former three, this one is not connected with introducing a new functionality but with abandoning an initial idea. When launching the DBMNT in 2011, I announced that it will at some point become integrated with another project, the so-called Nubian SoSOL, an on-line corpus of Christian Nubian texts, modelled on the papyrological website and initiated by Giovanni Ruffini (Fairfield University) with my cooperation (see the older post). Regrettably, due to insurmountable technical difficulties we had to give this project up. We did not, however, resign the idea completely, and the users of the DBMNT will certainly be notified about any development in this direction.

In order to fully benefit from the information collected in our database you should have Coptic fonts installed. We strongly encourage you to utilize Antinoou Coptic fonts set which is available for free form the site of its developer.

If you have Antinoou fonts properly installed both texts shown below should look the same:

Coptic font's sample

DBMNT is run under the auspices of

Department of Papyrology
University of Warsaw

Department of Papyrology, University of Warsaw

The work was financed by

Raphael Taubenschlag Foundation

Raphael Taubenschlag Foundation


Faculty of History
University of Warsaw