The Monastery at Qubbat al-Hawwa (ASWAN)

The Monastery at Qubbat al-Hawwa (ASWAN)   SOME SIX KILOMETERS NORTH of the Monastery of St. Hatre (Hedra), pharaonic tombs for the governors of Aswan were cut into the cliff. Around these tombs, the monastic settlement of Qubbat al-Hawwa developed. It is named after the tomb of a shaykh who was buried nearby. The original […]

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Funerary Aspects in the paintings from the Apollo Monastery at Bawit

Funerary Aspects in the paintings from the Apollo Monastery at Bawit Introduction Much has been written about the monastic settlement of Bawit and it seems a daring task to try and add something substantially new to this. First of all, we have limited access to the material on which we can base our conclusions. Only […]

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Coptology

COPTOLOGY A scientific discipline in Oriental studies that investigates the language and culture of Egypt and Nubia in the widest sense: literature, religion, history, archaeology, and art. Its range extends from late antiquity to the Middle Ages, or even down to the present. It touches on and intersects with a number of neighboring disciplines. The […]

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Pre-Coptic

PRE-COPTIC This general term indicates different stages of script or script forms that to a greater or lesser extent prepared or influenced the creation of the Coptic script. Since the use of the Greek alphabet is essential to the definition of Coptic, it is obvious that one must go back to the first more or […]

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Shams Al-Din (Munisis)

SHAMS AL-DIN (Munisis) A small Romano-Byzantine village a little more than one mile to the north of Bars in the south of the oasis of Khargah and at the fork of the great track heading from Hibis toward the southwest in the direction of Dush and the valley. This village contains a small church with […]

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Jaroslav Cerny (1898-1970)

JAROSLAV CERNY (1898-1970) A Czech Egyptologist. He was born in Pilsen and studied at Charles University in Prague under Frantisek Lexa and at Berlin under Adolf ERMAN. He obtained his doctorate at Prague in 1922 with a thesis on the workmen of DAYR AL-MADINAH, near Thebes, whom he firmly identified as the builders of the […]

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Dayr Al-Barshah And Dayr Al-Nakhlah

DAYR AL-BARSHAH and DAYR AL-NAKHLAH [The first name is that of a village south of DAYR ABU HINNIS. It is a modern village, inhabited by Copts on the site of an old monastery, of which—apart from the old church—no parts worth mentioning have survived. The second is that of a village near the first, around […]

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Dayr Al-Fakhuri

DAYR AL-FAKHURI History The “Monastery of the Potter” (it is not known whence this appellation comes) is situated on the edge of the desert, about 6 miles (9 km) north of Isna, near the ancient Asphynis (present-day Asfun al-Mata‘nah). The monastery also bears the name of “Matthew the Poor.” This personage, whose Life survives (or […]

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