Agostino Ciasca (1835-1902)

AGOSTINO CIASCA (1835-1902)

An Italian Coptologist and Orientalist. Ciasca was born at Polignano a Mare, near Bari. He became prefect of the Archives and was named a cardinal in 1899. He traveled to Egypt in 1879 and acquired manuscripts for the Museum.

He edited in two volumes Sahidic biblical fragments under the title Sacrorum bibliorum fragmenta copto- sahidica Musei Borgiani (Rome, 1885-1889; vol. 3 published by P. J. 1904, including facsimiles and atlas).

Apart from this major work, he published the fragments of the same under the title I papiri copti del Museo Borgiano . . . tradotti e commentati (Rome, 1881). He died in Rome.

  • Guidi, I. “Ciasca, Agostino.” Enciclopedia Italiana, Vol. 10, p. 193. Rome, 1935-1939.
  • Kammerer, W., comp. A Coptic Bibliography. Ann Arbor, Mich., 1950; repr. New York, 1969.

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