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Papyrology

PAPYROLOGY The study of papyri chiefly from Egypt. This relatively new discipline is called Greek papyrology for the sake of clarity, although it tacitly includes the small number of Latin papyri also. The texts derive from the period from the second half of the fourth century B.C. to about the ninth century A.D. Because they …

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Monastery Paintings, Coptic

MONASTERY PAINTINGS, COPTIC The Egyptian desert was a nurturing ground for monasteries, some of which have been occupied almost continuously since their founding. Others, abandoned and buried in sand through the centuries, have been uncovered only in recent years. Still, others, mentioned in Arabic texts or in accounts of European travelers, await excavation. Those monasteries …

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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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Abu Al-Muna

ABU AL-MUNA A parish priest in Cairo in 1549. Information about Abu al-Muna comes from two manuscript colophons. In A.M. 1266/1549-1550, he acquired a manuscript now in the Bodleian Library, Oxford Huntington 240, one of the most precious manuscripts of this period for the number of unique or rare texts it presents, among them Treatise …

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