Chronological Systems of Byzantine Egypt: Second Edition

Chronological Systems of Byzantine Egypt: Second Edition

Author: Roger Shaler Bagnall

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9004136541

Category: History

Page: 368

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Egypt is the richest source of primary documents for the society of late antiquity. Its thousands of papyri provide insight into everyday life and topics ignored by ancient authors. This handbook is an indispensable tool in navigating these documents.

The Christian Epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia

The Christian Epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia

Author: Jacques van der Vliet

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351133456

Category: History

Page: 438

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The present book collects 31 articles that Jacques van der Vliet, a leading scholar in the field of Coptic Studies (Leiden University / Radboud University, Nijmegen), has published since 1999 on Christian inscriptions from Egypt and Nubia. These inscriptions are dated between the third/fourth and the fourteenth centuries, and are often written in Coptic and/or Greek, once in Latin, and sometimes (partly) in Arabic, Syriac or Old Nubian. They include inscriptions on tomb stones, walls of religious buildings, tools, vessels, furniture, amulets and even texts on luxury garments. Whereas earlier scholars in the field of Coptic Studies often focused on either Coptic or Greek, Van der Vliet argues that inscriptions in different languages that appear in the same space or on the same kind of objects should be examined together. In addition, he aims to combine the information from documentary texts, archaeological remains and inscriptions, in order to reconstruct the economic, social and religious life of monastic or civil communities. He practiced this methodology in his studies on the Fayum, Wadi al-Natrun, Sohag, Western Thebes and the region of Aswan and Northern Nubia, which are all included in this book.

From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt

From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt

Author: Maged S. A. Mikhail

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9780857736826

Category: History

Page: 448

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The conquest of Egypt by Islamic armies under the command of Amr ibn al-As in the seventh century transformed medieval Egyptian society. Seeking to uncover the broader cultural changes of the period by drawing on a wide array of literary and documentary sources, Maged Mikhail stresses the cultural and institutional developments that punctuated the histories of Christians and Muslims in the province under early Islamic rule. From Byzantine to Islamic Egypt traces how the largely agrarian Egyptian society responded to the influx of Arabic and Islam, the means by which the Coptic Church constructed its sectarian identity, the Islamisation of the administrative classes and how these factors converged to create a new medieval society. The result is a fascinating and essential study for scholars of Byzantine and early Islamic Egypt.

Egypt in Late Antiquity

Egypt in Late Antiquity

Author: Roger S. Bagnall

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 9781400821167

Category: History

Page: 388

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This book brings together a vast amount of information pertaining to the society, economy, and culture of a province important to understanding the entire eastern part of the later Roman Empire. Focusing on Egypt from the accession of Diocletian in 284 to the middle of the fifth century, Roger Bagnall draws his evidence mainly from documentary and archaeological sources, including the papyri that have been published over the last thirty years.

Writing and Communication in Early Egyptian Monasticism

Writing and Communication in Early Egyptian Monasticism

Author: Malcolm Choat

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004336506

Category: Religion

Page: 253

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The presence and practice of writing and modes of communication within late antique Egyptian monasticism is examined in a volume which addresses monks as letter writers, copyists, readers, and teachers, and the symbolic and spiritual value of the written word.

The Multilingual Experience in Egypt, from the Ptolemies to the Abbasids

The Multilingual Experience in Egypt, from the Ptolemies to the Abbasids

Author: Arietta Papaconstantinou

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 0754665364

Category: History

Page: 254

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The wealth of documentary sources preserved by Egypt's papyri makes the country a privileged observation ground for the study of ancient multilingualism. Papyri capture more linguistic registers than other ancient and medieval sources, ranging as they do from very private documents not meant by their author to be read by future generations, to official documents produced by the administration, which are preserved in their original form. This collection of essays aims to make this wealth better known, as well as to give a diachronic view of multilingual practices in Egypt from the arrival of the Greeks as a political force in the country with Alexander the Great, to the beginnings of Abbasid rule when Greek, and slowly also Coptic, receded from the documentary record.

Thought, Culture, and Historiography in Christian Egypt, 284-641 AD

Thought, Culture, and Historiography in Christian Egypt, 284-641 AD

Author: Tarek M. Muhammad

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527566798

Category: History

Page: 270

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This book contains 15 papers which were presented by specialists from Europe and Egypt at two conferences held at Ain Shams University, Egypt, in 2014 and 2015. Eight of the articles deal with the history of Late Antique Egypt in its manifold aspects, from monasticism and Coptic manuscripts, to the organization of the Arab conquest. The other seven contributions provide new writings from that historical period published here for the first time, or give new readings of texts earlier known as inscriptions, papyri and ostraca, and offer a close-up look at the historical setting outlined in the first part of this book.

Sixty-five Papyrological Texts

Sixty-five Papyrological Texts

Author: F. A. J. Hoogendijk

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004166882

Category: History

Page: 457

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This volume contains editions of sixty-five Greek, Demotic, Coptic and Arabic texts from Egypt, contributed as a token of friendship and respect by forty-six of Klaas Worpa (TM)s colleagues and co-authors upon his retirement from the Papyrological Institute of the University of Leiden in August 2008. The contents are as diverse as Klaas Worpa (TM)s own wide range of interests, and provide a vivid impression of life and culture in Graeco-Roman Egypt. The texts are written on papyrus, potsherds, parchment, paper and wood. They include both literary and documentary papyri and ostraca, and date from the third century BC to the eleventh century AD. They are published fully, most for the first time, with transcriptions and translations, and are accompanied by photographs.