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Title: A Circle of Egyptian Bishops at the End of Roman Rule (c. 600)
Subtitle: Texts and Contexts
Author(s): BOOTH, Phil
Journal: Le Muséon
Volume: 131    Issue: 1-2   Date: 2018   
Pages: 21-72
DOI: 10.2143/MUS.131.1.3284834

Abstract :
This article explores the explosion of evidence which occurs around the creation of the Severan episcopate in Egypt. Drawing together a number of modern studies, it first sets out the known careers and corpora of the patriarch Damian of Alexandria (577-c. 606) and several of his prominent bishops: John of Paralos, Constantine of Assiut, Rufus of Shotep, John of Hermopolis, Pesynthius of Koptos, and Abraham of Hermonthis. It then argues that, even if their output contributed to a process of heightened provincialisation in this period, the most immediate and important context for appreciating that output is not a grand political or cultural separatism, but the bishops’ need both to legitimise and to distinguish their new Church in the face of Chalcedonian competition.

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