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Scetis at the Red Sea: Depictions of Monastic Genealogy in the Monastery of St. Antony

Maged S.A. Mikhail and Mark Moussa

in Christianity and Monasticism in Wadi al-Natrun

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9789774162602
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970474 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774162602.003.0009
Scetis at the Red Sea: Depictions of Monastic Genealogy in the Monastery of St. Antony

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This chapter describes the impact of Wadi al-Natrun and its monks as found in the recently restored icons of the Monastery of St. Antony at the Red Sea. In particular, it explains the rationale for the existence of the nave paintings. Mimesis, martyrdom, and monasticism are connected in this program genealogically. The genealogy in question is a spiritual one, and establishes ties between Scetis and the Red Sea coast. It then proposes an interpretation of the rationale for the juxtaposition of martyrs and monks in the nave program. Moreover, it provides a very brief mention of the role of the Virgin Mary in the painted program, and in the network of mimesis, martyrs, and monks.

Keywords: Wadi al-Natrun; Monastery of St. Antony; Red Sea; monastic genealogy; Scetis; nave paintings; mimesis; martyrs; monks; monasticism

Chapter.  3798 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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