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Linguistic Change and Religious Change: Thinking about the Temples of the Fayoum in the Roman Period

Gawdat Gabra

in Christianity and Monasticism in the Fayoum Oasis

Published by American University in Cairo Press

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9789774248924
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9781617970443 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5743/cairo/9789774248924.003.0002
Linguistic Change and Religious Change: Thinking about the Temples of the Fayoum in the Roman Period

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This chapter examines linguistic and religious changes through an analysis of the temples of the Fayoum Oasis in Egypt during the Roman period. It reflects on the contributions that new evidence has brought to light in the last ten years to the question of the way in which Coptic arose in the Roman period and became a crucial language and script for early Christianity.

Keywords: linguistic change; religious change; Fayoum Oasis; Egypt; Coptic studies; Roman period; early Christianity

Chapter.  3320 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christianity

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