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Ludwig Keimer (1893-1957)

LUDWIG KEIMER (1893-1957) A German Egyptologist. Keimer was a professor at Cairo University, where he became vice president of the Egyptian Institute. He earned doctorates from the universities of Münster (1922) and Würzburg (1922, 1924). His most influential mentor, G. Schweinfurth, wrote the preface to Keimer’s first Egyptological work, Die Gartenpflanzen im alten Ägypten, 2 …

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Plato’s Republic

PLATO’S REPUBLIC The only piece of its kind in the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY, this short excerpt from Plato’s corpus (588-589B[CGVI,50]) encompasses barely more than three pages of text (48.16-51.23). The Coptic translation exhibits inaccuracies, which may be due partly to tendencies found among apocryphal works: imitation and vulgarizing that frequently result in a literary product …

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Gospel Of Truth

GOSPEL OF TRUTH An apocryphal work probably of the second century. The Gospel of Truth survives in two versions from the NAG HAMMADI LIBRARY: a well-preserved copy (I. 3) and a very fragmentary piece (XII. 2). While the original title remains unknown, the initial phrase (“The gospel of truth”) may have served as an incipit …

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Ostracon

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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