AQFAHS

A village to the southwest of the markaz (district) of al-Fashn on the left bank of the Nile about 25 miles (40 km) south of , celebrated as the birthplace of , biographer of the and himself a martyr (see MARTYRS, COPTIC). E. Amélineau (1893, pp. 56-58) fully established the exact location of Aqfahs, which his predecessors had wished to place in the .

A monastery dedicated to Saint Philemon the Martyr, no doubt the one mentioned by the - for 7 , is mentioned by the work attributed to (fol. 91a; Abu Salih, 1895, p. 254), as being in the southern part of the district. refers very briefly to a monastery at Aqfahs, and indicates that it is in ruins. This is probably the same as the one of which Abu Salih speaks. The latter notes (fol. 80a; Abu Salih, p. 230) that Anba Sanhut, bishop of , took refuge there when he was excommunicated by the patriarch MICHAEL IV in the month of in the year A.M. 818 (May 1102). The patriarch wished to make the Church of Saint in , which was Sanhut’s episcopal seat, into the patriarchal church. However, the , which relates this episode (Vol. 2, pt. 3, 1959, pp. 248 [text], 396 [trans.]), indicates as Sanhut’s place of refuge the Monastery of Saint on Mount .

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Amelineau, E. La Géographie de l’Égypte à l’époque copte, pp. 56-58. Paris, 1893.

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