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Maspero, Jean (Jacques) Gaston

MASPERO, JEAN (JACQUES) GASTON (1885-1915) A French papyrologist. He was the son of the celebrated Egyptologist Gaston MASPERO, who early imparted to him a great interest in archaeology and numismatics. Jean became attached to the Institut française d’Archéologie orientale as assistant to E. G. CHASSINAT and participated with his father in the cataloguing of the …

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MUMMIFICATION There is evidence for mummification in Egypt from the beginning of historical times. Herodotus and Diodorus report on the different ways of mummifying. The practice arose from the idea that preservation of bodily integrity is the presupposition for life after death. This idea is evidently also the reason for statements in martyr legends of …

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OSTRACON In the Hellenic period a shard or an animal’s shoulder blade. It was employed in a city-state’s assembly when a vote of ostracism was taken, and was customarily the writing material for nonliterary documents, particularly those of an economic character. In the later Roman and Byzantine eras, in Egypt the ostracon came to be …

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Munier, Adolphe Henri

MUNIER, ADOLPHE HENRI (1884-1945) French Coptologist and bibliographer. He was born in Meursault, Côte-d’Or. He was the librarian of the Cairo Museum (1908-1925) and succeeded Adolphe Cattaui as secretary of the Société royale de Géographie de l’Egypte (1924-1945). He published many articles in journals, most of them devoted to Coptic texts and the subject of …

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Coptic Music

COPTIC MUSIC  Description of the Corpus and Present Musical Practice The following remarks pertain only to the music of the Coptic Orthodox Church. Other Christian churches in Egypt (Greek Orthodox, Coptic Catholic, Protestant, etc.) have their own musical practices. Coptic music, an expression of a proud and constant faith, still lives today among the Copts …

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Dayr Al-Saqiyah

DAYR AL-SAQIYAH This monastery, today in ruins, was situated on the left bank of the Nile 2.5 miles (4 km) north of the DAYR AL-NASARA, at the bottom of a large wadi that opened on the stony desert at the foot of the mountain. At the foot of a high cliff is a rectangular enclosure …

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