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Roman Egypt

William, S.J. Harmless

in Desert Christians

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780195162233
Published online July 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835645 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195162234.003.0001
 Roman Egypt

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This chapter provides necessary background by examining the wider world from which the desert fathers and desert monasticism emerged. It concentrates on Roman Egypt, its geography, history, politics, and religious milieu. This survey includes a look at ancient Alexandria as well as at life along the Nile Valley. It also examines three features of early Egyptian Christianity: the Alexandrian theological tradition (best embodied by Origen), the Melitian schism, and the early Alexandrian patriarchate.

Keywords: desert fathers; monasticism; Roman Egypt; Egyptian Christianity; Alexandria; Nile Valley; Origen; Melitian schism; theology; Alexandrian; patriarch; Alexandrian

Chapter.  9769 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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