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Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt$
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Gawdat Gabra and Hany Takla

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789774166631

Published to Cairo Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5743/cairo/9789774166631.001.0001

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Children’s Burials from Antinoopolis

Children’s Burials from Antinoopolis

Discoveries from Recent Excavations

(p.215) 20 Children’s Burials from Antinoopolis
Christianity and Monasticism in Middle Egypt

Cäcilia Fluck

American University in Cairo Press

The city of Antinoopolis was founded by the Roman emperor Hadrian around AD 130 to honor his beloved Antinous after his legendary death in the Nile. The exploration of Antinoopolis began in the late nineteenth century. Since 2000, an international team of specialists led by Rosario Pintaudi has been exploring the entire ancient town, including areas in the northern necropolis that had never been touched by previous excavations. The cemeteries of Antinoopolis, in particular, are an inexhaustible source for artifacts and objects of daily use—especially textiles in which the bodies were dressed and wrapped. This chapter is part of a study carried out in the context of “DressID: Clothing and Identities: New Perspectives on Textiles in the Roman Empire,” a project funded by the cultural program of the European Commission that ran between 2007 and 2012. It focuses on textiles from four children's burials that Pintaudi and his team excavated in a “peristyle” complex at the eastern edge of the northern cemetery at Antinoopolis in 2007.

Keywords:   Antinoopolis, excavation, cemeteries, textiles, child burials, peristyle complex

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