Scetis

Dayr Yuhannis Kama

DAYR YUHANNIS KAMA Amid a vast field of ruins southeast of DAYR AL-SURYAN and DAYR ANBA BISHOI stand the remains of Dayr Yuhannis Kama in Wadi al-Natrun (SCETIS) in the western desert of Egypt. This monastery was built in the ninth century (c. A.D. 840). Tradition has it that the founder himself, Abba Yuhannis, built …

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Agathon, Saint

AGATHON, SAINT Fourth-fifth century anchorite. The different collections of the APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM include about fifty items in which an Abba Agathon appears, but it is justifiable to doubt whether they all concern the same person, for in a collection preserved in Ethiopic he is designated “Agathon the Great” (Collectio Monastica 13, 98; 14, 45) and …

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Achillas, Saint

ACHILLAS, SAINT A monk at Scetis in the golden age of monasticism (fourth-fifth centuries). Saint Achillas was outstanding among all the great ascetics. Abbot THEODORUS OF PHERME said of him, “He was like a lion at Scetis, considered formidable in his own day.” The APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM gives some examples not only of his austerity but …

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Epigraphy

EPIGRAPHY Definition and time span Epigraphy is the study of INSCRIPTIONS, texts that are destined for long-term visual display in public space, more rarely in the private sphere. As a discipline, it sits in between archaeology and philology. Coptic epigraphy is taken here in a broad sense to comprise the study of Christian inscriptions from …

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Saint Ababius, (Father Ababiyus) (1240?)

SAINT ABABIUS, (Father Ababiyus) A monk of Scetis. The Copto-Arabic SYNAXARION by MIKHA’IL, bishop of Atrib and Malij (about 1240), makes no mention of Saint Ababius. However, a fourteenth-century Arabic manuscript, copied in Syria, gives a long life of this saint. The manuscript attributes this life to JOHN COLOBOS (National Library, Paris, Arabe 259, fols. 57r-104v; …

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