New Perspectives on Religion, Education, and Culture at Christian Western Thebes (VI-VIII)

For the past fifteen years or so the Christian phase of the Western Theban necropolis and its environs has been the object of intensive research and re-assessment in which papyrology and archaeology play a crucial joint role. Ongoing archaeological projects have brought to light hitherto unknown or less well-explored monastic establishments (Deir el-Bakhit, hermitage of Frange, hermitage of Cyriacus etc.) and have yielded some exciting new textual finds (e.g. the codices from the hermitage in TT1152). New important collections (Frange ostraca, Petrie ostraca, Cyriacus ostraca, ostraca from the topos of St. Mark in Gournet Mourraï) have appeared (or will appear shortly) to add to the old ones (Winlock & Crum’s The Monastery of Epiphanius, the Theban texts in Crum’s Coptic ostraca etc., the P.Pisentius) and some important publications or re-publication projects are in progress (the ostraca from the monastery of St. Phoibammon at Deir el-Bahari in Columbia, the texts from Deir el-Bakhit, the Pisentius papyri etc.). The recently recovered texts offer new perspectives on already known texts as well as on the chronology, prosopography and the monastic (social) networks in the area (and beyond).

Our aim with this workshop is to shed further light on the education, religion, and culture of Christian Western Thebes, in particular:

  • The religious life and culture in the monasteries of Western Thebes
  • Monastic writings and monastic readings
  • Educational activities (in a broad sense)
  • Connections with other monasteries/areas from the point of view of religious culture and/or education
  • Key figures in the area, their activities, connections and chronology


THURSDAY, 12.01.2017

Chair: Alain Delattre
10.00-10.45 Anne Boud’hors (CNRS/Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes, Paris) 
                    “How do the Theban Texts Contribute to the History of Coptic Literature?”

10.45-11.30 Andrea Hasznos (KOHD Projekt, Berlin – Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest) 
                    “To Read and What to Read–That Is the Question.”

11.30-12.00 Coffee break

12.00-12.45 Anastasia Maravela (University of Oslo)
                    “Greek in Christian Western Thebes: a Fresh Look.”

12.45-14.00 Lunch

Chair: Anastasia Maravela
14.00-14.45 Renate Dekker (Leiden University) 
                   “Connecting Monastic Documents and Social Networks: Starting Points for
                    Reconstructing a Chronological Framework for Eighth-Century Western Thebes.”

14.45-15.30 Frederic Krueger (Freie Universität Berlin)
                    “Introducing the Monastery of Apa Ezekiel in the Mountain of Armant -
                     Report on the Edition of the Coptic Ostraca at the Papyrus Collection of the
                     Leipzig University Library.”

15.30-16.15 Joanne Vera Stolk (University of Ghent)
                     “Coptic Papyri in the Collection of the Oslo University Library.”


FRIDAY, 13.01.2017

Chair: Anne Boud'hors
09.15-10.00 Jennifer Cromwell (University of Copenhagen) 
                     “Educating Western Thebes: Between Village and Monastery.”

10.00-10.45 Alain Delattre (Université Libre des Bruxelles) 
                    “Between Education and Religion: Psalm Quotations and Compositions in the 
                     Theban Area.”

10.45-11.15 Coffee break

11.15-12.00 Esther Garel (Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften) 
                    “The Hand D and David the Monk.”

12.00-12.45 Matthias Müller (Universität Basel)
                    “Scribal-office or Scriptorium? Texts and Contexts from the South Asasif.”

12.45-14.00 Lunch

Chair: Jennifer Cromwell
14.00-14.45 Frederic Krueger (Freie Universität Berlin)
                    “»I Wonder about You!«– Encoding Emotions of Anger and Disappointment
                     in Monastic Letters from the Theban Area.”

14.45-15.30 Elisabeth R. O’Connell (British Museum, London) 
                    “Prosphora Donations and the Care of the Dead in Late Antique Western 

15.30-16.15 Ágnes T. Mihálykó (University of Oslo)
                    “Reconstructing the Liturgy in Western Thebes.”

18.00 Dinner

Find the abstracts here.

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