Written Culture of Christian Egypt: Coptic Manuscripts from the University of Michigan Collection

Shenoute of Atripe (ca. 348-465). Content: Canon 7. Acephalos work A13: 79: i.1-ii.32. Is Ecclesiastes Not Wise: 80: i.2-ii.33. Parchment, 1 leaf, 380 x 288 mm. Verso. Origin: White Monastery (Atripe, Egypt). 8th AD. Mich. Ms. 158. 14 b: White Monastery Codex YR 79/80

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November 12th, 2018 through February 17th
Hatcher Graduate Library, Audubon Room
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This exhibit features works of Coptic literature from the U-M Library Special Collections Research Center. Preserved by the dry climate of the Egyptian desert (like so many other ancient artifacts), these manuscripts document the transmission of the literary heritage of Egyptian Christians, from its beginnings in the 4th century through the 13th centuries CE, when Coptic was superseded by Arabic. The exhibit explores the main Coptic dialects; bilingualism in Egypt; books read by the Egyptian monks; and the works of Shenoute the Great, the most important author of Coptic literature.

This exhibit is curated by Dr. Frank Feder and Dr. Alin Suciu from the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities. The exhibit and related programming are offered with support from the Department of Middle East Studies and the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology.

Join us for coffee with the curators in the Hatcher Gallery on February 7 at 10:00 a.m. to learn more about the exhibit! 

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Kristine Greive kgreive@umich.edu
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