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Coptic culture; past, present and future.


Coptic culture; past, present and future.

Ed. by Miriam Ayad.

Coptic Orthodox Church Centre

238 pages




The Centre, in Stevenage, Britain organized a conference in May 2008 on the now obscure but crucial period in Egyptian history called the Coptic Period. It was a Late Antique culture that extended from the third century to the seventh--from when the Roman Empire became Christian to when Egypt was conquered by Muslims--and many aspects of Christianity were codified then and there. The 20 papers from that gathering consider such topics as the prefiguration of some biblical themes in pharaonic iconography and theology, whether Copts practiced human sacrifice, Roman citizens without Roman privileges, the legend of the Seven Sleepers of Ephesus in Coptic literature, and new doxologies in Coptic. There is no index. Distributed in North America by The David Brown Book Co. (A[c] Book News, Inc., Portland, OR)

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Date:Jun 1, 2012
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