The Arabic Life of Antony Attributed to Serapion of Thmuis

Cultural Memory Reinterpreted


In The Arabic Life of Antony Attributed to Serapion of Thmuis, Elizabeth Agaiby demonstrates how the redacted Life of Antony, the “Father of all monks and star of the wilderness”, gained widespread acceptance within Egypt shortly after its composition in the 13th century and dominated Coptic liturgical texts on Antony for over 600 years – the influence of which is still felt up to the present day. By providing a first edition and translation, Agaiby demonstrates how the Arabic Life bears witness to the reinterpretation of the religious memory of Antony in the Coptic Orthodox Church.

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Elizabeth Agaiby, Ph.D. (2017), Macquarie University and Göttingen University, lectures at St Athanasius College, University of Divinity Australia. She is currently leading a project to catalogue the collection of manuscripts at the Coptic Monastery of St Paul the Hermit, Egypt.
Acknowledgements Figures and Tables Abbreviations A Note on Transliteration
1 Antony the GreatAntony and the Red Sea MonasteriesAn Overview of Antony in Coptic Liturgical TraditionAppendix: Expositions on Antony
2 The Textual Traditions of the Life of AntonyManuscripts Containing a Life of Antony in ArabicPopularity of the Pseudo-Serapionic Life
3 Old Wine in a New BottleThe Pseudo-Serapionic Life of AntonyPossible Dating of the Pseudo-Serapionic LifeMotive for “Rewriting” the Life of AntonyStyle, Genre and Social ContextThe Audience
4 Synopsis and CommentaryThe Redactor of the Pseudo-Serapionic Life of AntonyThe RedactionVoices in the Text: Pseudo-SerapionSynoptic OverviewCommentary on the Pseudo-Serapionic Life of Antony
5 The Life of Antony by Serapion the Bishop
6 A Codicological Description of MS St Paul (History) 53Short Title EntryPhysical DescriptionContentsColophonsEndowmentCollationLayoutBindingCondition of the ManuscriptObservations
Works Cited Index
A valuable resource in academic libraries for specialists and students of patristics, Early Christianity, Arabic-Christian Studies. Relevant to educated clergy and laypeople with an interest in Eastern Christian monasticism.
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