ABSTRACT

Collected Studies CS1070

The present book collects 31 articles that Jacques van der Vliet, a leading scholar in the field of Coptic Studies (Leiden University / Radboud University, Nijmegen), has published since 1999 on Christian inscriptions from Egypt and Nubia. These inscriptions are dated between the third/fourth and the fourteenth centuries, and are often written in Coptic and/or Greek, once in Latin, and sometimes (partly) in Arabic, Syriac or Old Nubian. They include inscriptions on tomb stones, walls of religious buildings, tools, vessels, furniture, amulets and even texts on luxury garments.

Whereas earlier scholars in the field of Coptic Studies often focused on either Coptic or Greek, Van der Vliet argues that inscriptions in different languages that appear in the same space or on the same kind of objects should be examined together. In addition, he aims to combine the information from documentary texts, archaeological remains and inscriptions, in order to reconstruct the economic, social and religious life of monastic or civil communities. He practiced this methodology in his studies on the Fayum, Wadi al-Natrun, Sohag, Western Thebes and the region of Aswan and Northern Nubia, which are all included in this book.

part 1|23 pages

A general introduction

chapter 1|21 pages

The Christian epigraphy of Egypt and Nubia

State of research and perspectives 1
ByJacques van der Vliet

part 2|242 pages

Egypt

chapter 2|35 pages

“In a robe of gold”

Status, magic and politics on inscribed Christian textiles from Egypt 1
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 3|11 pages

Christus imperat

An ignored Coptic dating formula
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 4|7 pages

Perennial Hellenism!

László Török and the al-Mu‘allaqa lintel (Coptic Museum inv. no. 753)
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 5|16 pages

History through inscriptions

Coptic epigraphy in the Wadi al-Natrun 1
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 6|11 pages

Reconstructing the landscape

Epigraphic sources for the Christian Fayoum
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 7|11 pages

Monumenta fayumica 1

ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 8|28 pages

Monuments of Christian Sinnuris (Fayoum, Egypt)

ByPeter Grossmann, Tomasz Derda, Jacques van der Vliet

chapter 9|10 pages

Four Christian funerary inscriptions from the Fayoum (I. Dayr al-‘Azab 1–4)

ByTomasz Derda, Jacques van der Vliet

chapter 10|12 pages

A lintel from the Fayoum in the British Museum

ByJacques van der Vliet, Adeline Jeudy

chapter 11|6 pages

A Naqlun monk brought home

On the provenance of Louvre inv. E 26798–9
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 12|5 pages

I. Varsovie

Graeco-Coptica
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 13|7 pages

A Coptic funerary stela in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

ByJitse Dijkstra, Jacques van der Vliet

chapter 14|9 pages

Snippets from the past

Two ancient sites in the Asyut region: Dayr al-Gabrawi and Dayr al-‘Izam
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 15|12 pages

Monks and scholars in the Panopolite nome

The epigraphic evidence
BySofia Schaten, Jacques van der Vliet

chapter 16|9 pages

Parerga

Notes on Christian inscriptions from Egypt and Nubia
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 17|9 pages

Epigraphy and history in the Theban region

ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 18|8 pages

From Naqada to Esna

A late Coptic inscription at Dayr Mari Girgis (Naqada) 1
ByRenate Dekker, Jacques van der Vliet

chapter 19|9 pages

“In year one of King Zachari”

Evidence of a new Nubian king from the Monastery of St. Simeon at Aswan 1
ByJitse H.F. Dijkstra, Jacques van der Vliet

chapter 20|14 pages

Contested frontiers

Southern Egypt and Northern Nubia, a.d. 300–1500. The evidence of the inscriptions
ByJacques van der Vliet

part 3|160 pages

Nubia

chapter 21|10 pages

Coptic as a Nubian literary language

Four theses for discussion
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 22|16 pages

Gleanings from Christian Northern Nubia

ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 23|13 pages

Four north-Nubian funerary stelae from the Bankes collection

ByJacques van der Vliet, Klaas A. Worp

chapter 24|8 pages

Churches in lower Nubia, old and “new”

ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 25|9 pages

Two Coptic epitaphs from Qasr Ibrim*

ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 26|13 pages

The Church of the Twelve Apostles

The earliest Cathedral of Faras
ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 27|5 pages

Exit Tamer, bishop of Faras (SB V 8728)*

ByJacques van der Vliet

chapter 28|18 pages

Rich ladies of Meinarti and their churches

With an appended list of sources from Christian Nubia containing the expression “having the Church of so-and-so”
ByAdam Łajtar, Jacques van der Vliet

chapter 29|15 pages

From Aswan to Dongola

The epitaph of Bishop Joseph (died a.d. 668)*
ByStefan Jakobielski, Jacques van der Vliet

chapter 30|8 pages

Rome – Meroe – Berlin

The southernmost Latin inscription rediscovered (CIL III 83)*
ByAdam Łajtar, Jacques van der Vliet

chapter 31|38 pages

“What is man?”

The Nubian tradition of Coptic funerary inscriptions*
ByJacques van der Vliet