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Title: Social Structure and Food Consumption in an Early Christian Monastery
Author(s): LAYTON, Bentley
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 115 Issue: 1-2 Date: 2002
This article investigates part of the social history of one of the earliest Christian monasteries, the White Monastery of Atripe in Egypt. The author's starting point is a basic function of monastic and indeed all human life, namely food consumption. In the article the author surveys a single body of evidence, the nine books of disciplinary writing called Canons, written in the Coptic language by the Egyptian monastic leader Shenoute (AD 348-465).