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A Monk In The Metropolis

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This chapter presents a text, in Sahidic Coptic, which is written by a single practised hand in sloping late uncials, about 3-5 mm high, characteristic of the 10th-11th century. The fragmentary letter has been brought to light by the Polish archaeological mission that operates from 1986 onwards in the area of the Monastery of the Archangel Gabriel in the desert of Naqlûn (Nekloni), locally known as Dayr al-Malûk, on the eastern outskirts of the Fayyûm. The letter is incomplete, no address survives, and not all parties and circumstances mentioned can be identified. Yet it may be assumed, that both the sender and the addressee, who seem to be of equal status, were monks in Naqlûn, which is confirmed by the greetings at the end of letter.

Keywords: Fayyûm; monks; Naqlûn; Sahidic Coptic



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