Encomium on Pesynthios of Coptos

Gawdat Gabra and Hany N. Takla

in Christianity and Monasticism in Upper Egypt

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9789774163111
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970481 | DOI:
Encomium on Pesynthios of Coptos

Show Summary Details


Pesynthios's biography is preserved in Sahidic, Bohairic, and Arabic manuscripts, which will subsequently be referred to by means of sigla. Pesynthios, who did not aspire to the episcopal office, fled to the districts of Jeme (Western Thebes), but the clergy found him and brought him to Damian, patriarch of Alexandria (569–605), who ordained him bishop. Pesynthios probably continued to dwell in the Monastery of Tsenti, and was reputed for his prophetic gift and charity. The Sahidic, Bohairic, and Arabic versions display considerable variation in their titles and attribution. According to Górecki, Tomb 1151 may have served as a chapel, and Tomb 1152 appears to have been inhabited. In front of the entrance to this tomb was a tower almost six meters in height and built of mud bricks.

Keywords: Pesynthios; sigla; Damian; Monastery of Tsenti; Coptos

Chapter.  4139 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at American University in Cairo Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.