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Martyrs and Archangels

Coptic Literary Texts from the Pierpont Morgan Library
Ed. by Matthias Müller and Sami Uljas

[Märtyrer und Erzengel. Koptische Texte aus der Pierpont Morgan Library.]

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The present volume contains philological editions of three unpublished Coptic texts, with annotated translations and indices. Two of the three texts are stories of martyrdoms, whilst one is a sermon on Archangel Gabriel.
The three hitherto unpublished Coptic literary texts edited and translated here derive from the famous monastery of St Michael at Hamuli and currently belong to the collections of the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. The first work, a passio of a soldier named Phoibamon, is a native Coptic composition that provides a prime example of the so-called 'epic' type of Egyptian martyrdom literature. The second text, another martyrdom of three saintly soldiers, Theodore, Leontius, and Panigerus, represents anciently translated literature and shows interesting deviations from the more standard mould of Coptic martyrdoms. The third and final work edited here is a sermon on St Michael the Archangel attributed to Archelaos, a bishop of the town of Neapolis.
These fascinating stories and discourses are of notable interest to students of early Christianity as well as to Coptologists and Egyptologists.

Matthias Müller Born 1971; 2003 graduated from Göttingen; since 2004 researcher at the Department Altertumswissenschaften at the University of Basel.

Sami Uljas Born 1974; 2005 PhD in Egyptology from the University of Liverpool; currently Senior Lecturer in Egyptology at the University of Uppsala, Sweden.


The following reviews are known:

In: Analecta Bollandiana — 138 (2020), pp. 191–192 (X. Lequeux)
In: Oriens Christianus — 103 (2020), pp. 283–285 (Stefan Bojowald)