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Life of Antony, UCLA Coptic Studies Lecture, Tues Nov 14, 4pm

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  • Mark Sedrak
    The Coptic Studies Lecture Series at UCLA Title: The Greek and Coptic Lives of Saint Antony Speaker: Dr. Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University, Australia When:
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 4, 2006

      The Coptic Studies Lecture Series at UCLA           


      Title: The Greek and Coptic Lives of Saint Antony


      Speaker: Dr. Malcolm Choat, Macquarie University, Australia


      When: Tuesday November 14, 2006, 4pm


      Where: UCLA, 10383 Bunche Hall


      See announcement at:


      See directions at www.ucla.edu


      Abstract -

      Life of Antony was written in Greek shortly after the death of the great monk in the mid 350's. It sets forth a framework for integrating the new institution of monasticism into the ecclesiastical hierarchy, and proved immensely influential in doing this in the Late Roman world. Within Egypt, however, this program required articulation in Coptic as well as Greek to be fully effective. This paper investigates the early reception in Coptic sources of the Life of Antony, and asks when the Life was translated, and how it effected monastic narratives and ideologies which were articulated in Coptic.


      Biography –

      Dr. Malcolm Choat is Associate Lecturer in Ancient History at Macquarie University in Sydney, from where he gained his PhD in 2000. Since then he has worked on the papyrus evidence for early Christianity in Egypt, the rise of monasticism, especially as seen in the papyri, and the development of the Coptic epistolary tradition. His recently published book, Belief and Cult in Fourth Century Papyri, deals with the evidence for religion in papyrus documents, and he is currently preparing a re-edition of the papyrus archive of Apa Johannes.


      This event is made possible by the generous support of:

      The St Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society

      in association with

      The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures at UCLA


      The speaker comes from Macquarie University in Sydney where an MA Program in Coptic Studies has been established by support from the Coptic community there.  We are inspired by their vision and success. Please see my article in Watani of 5 Feb 2006 at:  http://wataninet.com/article_en.asp?ArticleID=5652    on "German Coptologist Heike Behlmer, Director of Coptic MA Program at Macquarie University in Sydney."  



      Best regards,

      S. Michael Saad

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