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“WHOEVER WRITES YOUR LIFE-STORY, I WILL WRITE HIS NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE.” THE ARABIC LIFE OF ANTONY ATTRIBUTED TO SERAPION OF THMUIS IN MANUSCRIPTS OF THE RED SEA MONASTERIES

AGAIBY, ELIZABETH (2016) “WHOEVER WRITES YOUR LIFE-STORY, I WILL WRITE HIS NAME IN THE BOOK OF LIFE.” THE ARABIC LIFE OF ANTONY ATTRIBUTED TO SERAPION OF THMUIS IN MANUSCRIPTS OF THE RED SEA MONASTERIES. Doctor of Philosophy thesis, UNSPECIFIED.

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Abstract

Antony the Great has had a compelling lure on the imaginations of Christians from Late Antiquity to the present day. The success of his Vita attributed to Athanasius of Alexandria, elevated Antony above his ascetic peers and established him as the “father of monasticism” throughout the Christian world. However, Antony has another Vita attributed to Serapion of Thmuis that has hitherto remained overlooked and unpublished. Originally composed in Arabic around the 13th century, it quickly gained more popularity and influence in Egyptian monasteries than the Athanasian Vita, and from the 14th century to the mid-20th century, it not only won widespread acceptance, but the authority of liturgical texts. The aim of this study is two-fold: (1) to examine how the Life of Antony attributed to Serapion of Thmuis bears witness to the reinterpretation of the religious memory of Antony, exploring the possible origins of this tradition via a first edition and translation of the Arabic Life; and (2) to provide a typology of the manuscripts that contain an Arabic version of the Life of Antony in the Red Sea monasteries, and thus offer new insights into the scribal and liturgical practices of the monks, in particular from the 17th to 20th centuries.

Item Type: Theses (Doctor of Philosophy)
Repository Version: Author's Final Manuscript
Keywords: Antony, Serapion, pseudo, manuscripts, codicology, manuscripts, scribes, Arabic, Coptic, monastery, Red Sea, Paul the Hermit
Fields of Research: 21 History and Archaeology > 2199 Other History and Archaeology > 219999 History and Archaeology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subjects: A - Humanities, general
College/Association with University of Divinity: SAC: St Athanasius College
Depositing User: Elizabeth Agaiby
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2018 00:43
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2019 23:28
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/3353

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