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Shenoute of Atripe and the uses of poverty [electronic resource] : rural patronage, religious conflict and monasticism in late antique Egypt /
Ariel G. López.
imprint
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, c2013.
description
xi, 237 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN
9780520274839 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Book
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imprint
Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, c2013.
isbn
9780520274839 (cloth : alk. paper)
restrictions
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Introduction: "Rustic audacity" -- Loyal opposition -- A miraculous economy -- Rural patronage: holy and unholy -- The limits of intolerance -- Conclusion.
general note
Revised dissertation--Princeton University, 2010.
abstract
Shenoute of Atripe: stern abbot, loquacious preacher, patron of the poor and scourge of pagans in fifth-century Egypt. This book studies his numerous Coptic writings and finds them to be the most important literary source for the study of society, economy and religion in late antique Egypt. The issues and concerns Shenoute grappled with on a daily basis, Ariel Lopez argues, were not local problems, unique to one small corner of the ancient world.
catalogue key
9764295
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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About the Author
Author Affiliation
Ariel G. Lpez is Assistant Professor of Greek and Roman Studies at Rhodes College.
Excerpts
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Lopez provides a new and exciting profile of Shenoute of Atripe that analyzes the abbot's career and contextualizes it within the social history of the late antique East. Perhaps the book's most important contribution is its proper (and overdue) restoration of Shenoute, one of the best-documented rural patrons of late antiquity, to the broader conversation about poverty, patronage, and shifting centers of power that has reshaped our understanding of the later Roman Empire. This book has much to offer both scholars interested in Shenoute and those working on the wider empire to which he belonged. --Edward J. Watts, author of Riot in Alexandria (UC Press)
Summaries
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Shenoute of Atripe: stern abbot, loquacious preacher, patron of the poor and scourge of pagans in fifth-century Egypt. This book studies his numerous Coptic writings and finds them to be the most important literary source for the study of society, economy and religion in late antique Egypt. The issues and concerns Shenoute grappled with on a daily basis, Ariel Lopez argues, were not local problems, unique to one small corner of the ancient world. Rather, they are crucial to interpreting late antiquity as a historical period--rural patronage, religious intolerance, the Christian care of the poor and the local impact of the late Roman state. His little known writings provide us not only with a rare opportunity to see the life of a holy man as he himself saw it, but also with a privileged window into his world. Lopez brings Shenoute to prominence as witness of and participant in the major transformations of his time.
Table of Contents
Prefacep. ix
Introduction: "Rustic Audacity"p. 1
Loyal Oppositionp. 19
A Miraculous Economyp. 46
Rural Patronage: Holy and Unholyp. 73
The Limits of Intolerancep. 102
Conclusionp. 127
The Chronology of Shenoute's Life and Activitiesp. 131
The Sourcesp. 135
List of Abbreviationsp. 139
Notesp. 143
Bibliographyp. 207
Indexp. 227
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