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Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-NatrunEssays from the 2002 International Symposium of the Saint Mark Foundation and the Saint Shenouda the Archimandrite Coptic Society$
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Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789774162602

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.001.0001

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Scetis at the Red Sea: Depictions of Monastic Genealogy in the Monastery of St. Antony

Scetis at the Red Sea: Depictions of Monastic Genealogy in the Monastery of St. Antony

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(p.143) Scetis at the Red Sea: Depictions of Monastic Genealogy in the Monastery of St. Antony
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Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun
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Maged S.A. Mikhail

Mark Moussa

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American University in Cairo Press
DOI:10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.003.0009

This chapter describes the impact of Wadi al-Natrun and its monks as found in the recently restored icons of the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea. In particular, it explains the rationale for the existence of the nave paintings. Mimesis, martyrdom, and monasticism are connected in this program genealogically. The genealogy in question is a spiritual one, and establishes ties between Scetis and the Red Sea coast. It then proposes an interpretation of the rationale for the juxtaposition of martyrs and monks in the nave program. Moreover, it provides a very brief mention of the role of the Virgin Mary in the painted program, and in the network of mimesis, martyrs, and monks.

Keywords:   Wadi al-Natrun, Monastery of St. Antony, Red Sea, monastic genealogy, Scetis, nave paintings, mimesis, martyrs, monks, monasticism

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