Pilgrimage and Holy Space in Late Antique Egypt

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David Frankfurter
BRILL, 1998 - Religion - 516 pages
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This volume deals with the origins and rise of Christian pilgrimage cults in late antique Egypt. Part One covers the major theoretical issues in the study of Coptic pilgrimage, such as sacred landscape and shrines' catchment areas, while Part Two examines native Egyptian and Egyptian Jewish pilgrimage practices. Part Three investigates six major shrines, from Philae's diverse non-Christian devotees to the great pilgrim center of Abu Mina and a Thecla shrine on its route. Part Four looks at such diverse pilgrims' rites as oracles, chant, and stational liturgy, while Part Five brings in Athanasius's and an anonymous hagiographer's perspectives on pilgrimage in Egypt. The volume includes illustrations of the Abu Mina site, pilgrims' ampules from the Thecla shrine, as well as several maps.
  

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Contents

DAVID FRANKFURTER
3
sites
51
ALLEN KERKESLAGER
99
IAN RUTHERFORD
229
Pilgrimage to the Shrine of SS Cyrus and John
257
PETER GROSSMANN
281
STEPHEN DAVIS
303
HEIKE BEHLMER
341
LUCIA PAPINI
393
LESLIE S B MACCOULL
403
JANET TIMBIE
415
DAVID BRAKKE
445
GEORGIA FRANK
483
Index
507
Diagrams and Plates
517
Copyright

IRFAN SHAHID
373

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About the author (1998)

David Frankfurter, Ph.D. (1990) in Religion, Princeton University, is Professor of History and Religious Studies at the University of New Hampshire. He has published extensively on Christianization in late antiquity, apocalyptic literature, and magic.