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Athanasius of Qus and His Time

Athanasius of Qus and His Time

(p.171) 16 Athanasius of Qus and His Time
Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt
Gawdat GabraHany N. Takla
American University in Cairo Press

Athanasius bishop of the protected city of Qus was the compiler of the rite of the concoction of Myron in 1374. In 1374 he took an active part in the concoction of the Myron, giving a detailed description and full text; his name does not appear frequently in the text, as he left all the Sahidic readings to his colleague Gabriel, bishop of al-Marg, who was also a learned man. The condition of Copts at that time was not good. Many plagues took place in the fourteenth century, especially in the years 1347–49, 1374–75, and 1379–81, which contributed to the decrease of the population, especially in the villages and the monasteries. Historical sources mention the story of a crippled old Coptic woman who saved some of the treasured relics of her church by ceding all her possessions to the marauding Crusaders and thereby deflecting them from pillaging her Coptic church.

Keywords:   Athanasius, Qus, Myron, monasteries, Copts, Coptic church, Crusaders

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