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Introduction to the Early Coptic Period in Egypt: The Early Christian era in Egypt 1st century AD to 8th Century AD


 


Course commences Week beginning Monday 25 September for 10 weeks >


 


This is a ‘taster’ course which covers a broad aspect of the Coptic culture and the Coptic Church and is extremely useful for those wishing to know more about the Coptic Egyptians, and to gain a broad base of knowledge towards further more detailed courses. It is also very useful for Coptic people themselves to learn more about their past heritage


 


Course syllabus:


 


1. The Holy Family in Egypt and the Early history of the Coptic Period


2. The beginnings of Monasticism – the ascetic life St. Anthony and St Paul


3  Coptic literature, texts and language.


4  Early Monasticism


5. The early Coptic church - art and archaeology


6. The Coptic Church - reforms and issues 3rd - 5th century CE


7. Coptic texts, language and cultural issues


8. Archaeology, Art and Architecture


9. Coptic Art - Icon painting


10 The effects of the Arabic invasion of Egypt 7th Century CE


 


 


Monasticism – Start date: TBA


 


This course will take a more in depth view of Monasticism, the life of an ascetic and in a communal setting and the role the monasteries played in education, art and writing


 


Course Syllabus:


 


Week1:  Introduction – Geography of Egypt – reading material


Week 2: The beginnings of Monasticism – the ascetic life – St Anthony and St Paul


Week 3: The kell – Hermit cells – Development of the Art and Architecture


Week 4: Wadi Natrun – the beginnings of monasticism


Week 5: The Coptic Church, language and texts.


Week 6: St. Shenute and the white monastery


Week 7: Monastic writings


Week 8: Icon writing and iconography


Week 9: The Arabic invasion 7th C.


Week 10: Conservation programmes in Coptic monasteries


 


 


The Art and Architecture of the Coptic Period in Egypt.


Start date: TBA


 


This is a general course to introduce students to the importance of the role of art and iconography played in the Coptic Church and culture, and the influence of Pharaonic temple design on the development of monastic and ecclesiastical building construction.


 


Course   syllabus:


n      Introduction to the Coptic Period/chronology


n      Early Monastic architecture/archaeology


n      The origins of Monastic art – site example Kellia


n      Architecture of the Coptic Church and development


n      The development of wall paintings – from selected important sites


n      The Dakhla oasis


n      Icon writing/painting and iconography


n      Restoration techniques


n      Current restoration programmes – St Paul’s Monastery

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