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Tobuken Seminar "Life in a 10th-century Egyptian Monastery and the Scribal Practices at the Monastery of St. John the Little"

Life in a 10th-century Egyptian Monastery and the Scribal Practices at the Monastery of St. John the Little」

The Tobunken seminar on September 8 invited Dr Chrysi Kotsifou as a speaker. Dr Kotsifou, Polanski fellow at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, gave a talk under the title of “Life in a 10th-century Egyptian Monastery and the Scribal Practices at the Monastery of St. John the Little”.
Dr Kotsifou’s presentation was based on her findings at the excavation site of the Monastery of St John the Little, Wadi al-Natrun, Egypt, as part of the Yale Monastic Archaeology Project. The main focus of her talk, the inscriptional material found at the monastic site, demonstrated the rich, vibrant world of the monks in living in tenth-century Egypt, and their literary skills.
The seminar was attended by researchers and students of various fields and periods leading to a lively discussion on topics such as language, manuscripts, and pilgrimage.



Date:Monday, September 8, 15:00-18:00

Venue:Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, First Conference Room

Speaker: Chrysi Kotsifou (Van Leer Jerusalem Institute)

Title:Life in a 10th-century Egyptian Monastery and the Scribal Practices at the Monastery of St. John the Little

Language:English

Abstract:
This lecture will present the excavation at the monastery of St. John the Little in Wadi n ‘Natrun with an emphasis on the inscriptional material unearthed there. The Coptic dipinti place the inhabitants of the manshubiya under excavation into the vibrant monastic world of 10th c. Egypt, a world that was economically quite well-off, and certainly very highly educated. Further, this inscriptional material demonstrates that the monks who executed them were not only literate but copyists of manuscripts, as well.


Life in a 10th-century Egyptian Monastery and the Scribal Practices at the Monastery of St. John the Little」
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