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Studying Coptic inscriptions

Samira Mazahy

24 Mar 2013 10:34 pm

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Calligraphy Centre has set up workshops to train archaeologists and researchers in the field of Coptology, focusing on reading Coptic inscriptions written on walls or on papyri. The BA believes in the importance of these ancient inscriptions in furthering studies in Coptic language and history

The Bibliotheca Alexandrina Calligraphy Centre has set up workshops to train archaeologists and researchers in the field of Coptology, focusing on reading Coptic inscriptions written on walls or on papyri. The BA believes in the importance of these ancient inscriptions in furthering studies in Coptic language and history.
The centre, now in its new cultural season, held a recent lecture on “Inscriptions on Coptic Monasteries”. Talks were given by Youhanna Nessim Youssef of the Centre for Early Christian Studies at the Australian Catholic University, and Dr Atef Naguib, director of the Aswan Museum.
The lecture covered writings and inscriptions on the walls of ancient Coptic monasteries and churches that have contributed to our understanding of the era. The lecture also referred to the other writings that have been found — religious, educational and funereal — as well as the different materials used for writing such as pottery, wood, opacities and murals. 
Many of these inscriptions were found monasteries in Wadi Natroun in the Western Desert, and were written in Coptic and other languages such as Greek, Syriac and Arabic. 
The lecture was well received by the public. 
Watani International
24 March 2013


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