The name of this archimandrite is preserved only by some fragments of the typica preserved at Leiden (Insinger, 38a, Pleyte and Boeser, 1897, p. 182), Vienna (K 9736), and Rome (Vatican, Borgia 231; Leipoldt, 1913, p. 11).

Charisios has left no trace in the Copto-Arabic SYNAXARION; we know of his existence only from the typica of the White Monastery (Dayr Anba Shinudah). These merely indicate his position as archimandrite and the day of his feast, 28 Babah, which was probably the day of his death. They do not specify the monastery of which he was archimandrite, but it is probable that it was the White Monastery itself.

At what period he lived is not known. The ostracon published by Turaev (1899, pp. 445-46) names the first abbots of Faw and adds Shenute and Moses, but does not mention Charisios. It is therefore uncertain if he was abbot of Faw or of Atrib.


  • Leipoldt, J. Sinuthii Archimandritae Vita et Opera Omnia, Pt. 4. CSCO 73. Paris and Leipzig, 1913.
  • Pleyte, W., and P. A. A. Boeser, eds. Manuscrits coptes du Musée d’antiquités des Pays-Bas à Leide, 1897.
  • Turaev, B. A. “Koptskiia ostraka kollektsii V. S. Golenitseva.” Bulletin de l’Académie impériale des sciences de St. Petersbourg 10 (1899):439-49.


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