The Cave Church of Paul the Hermit: At the Monastery of St. Paul in Egypt

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St. Paul is generally considered the first Christian hermit, and the monastery built around his cave in Egypt is one of the very oldest. This sumptuous volume grew out of a conservation project of the monastery's superb wall paintings, which were broadly produced in two phases in the 13th and 18th centuries. It provides a full and detailed description of the paintings, their iconography and conservation, as well as a general history of the monastery, and the rise of Coptic monasticism. The text is complimented by...
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Overview

St. Paul is generally considered the first Christian hermit, and the monastery built around his cave in Egypt is one of the very oldest. This sumptuous volume grew out of a conservation project of the monastery's superb wall paintings, which were broadly produced in two phases in the 13th and 18th centuries. It provides a full and detailed description of the paintings, their iconography and conservation, as well as a general history of the monastery, and the rise of Coptic monasticism. The text is complimented by numerous full colour reproductions of the paintings.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300118476
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2008
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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William Lyster is an independent scholar based in Cairo.
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Table of Contents

Foreword: Preserving the Past for the Future: The American Research Center in Egypt Gerry D. Scott, III Scott, Gerry D., III

Preface: The Historical Relationship Between the Monasteries of St. Antony and St. Paul Maximous El-Anthony El-Anthony, Maximous

Prologue: In the Footsteps of St. Antony Robert K. Vincent Vincent, Robert K.

Introduction: The Monastery of St. Paul the Hermit William Lyster Lyster, William

Pt. I Paul the Hermit and His Monastery: Generation, Imitation, and Reception

1 Jerome's Life of Paul and the Promotion of Egyptian Monasticism in the West Stephen J. Davis Davis, Stephen J.

2 The Monastery of St. Paul in Historical Context Mark N. Swanson Swanson, Mark N.

3 Patriarchs, Archons, and the Eighteenth-Century Resurgence of the Coptic Community Febe Armanios Armanios, Febe

4 Pilgrims, Missionaries, and Scholars: Western Descriptions of the Monastery of St. Paul from the Late Fourteenth Century to the Early Twentieth Century Alastair Hamilton Hamilton, Alastair

5 New Research from the Library of the Monastery of St. Paul Gawdat Gabra Gabra, Gawdat

Pt. II The Heritage Transformed: The Cave Church of St. Paul

6 New Archaeological Evidence for the Architectural Development of the Cave Church Peter Sheehan Sheehan, Peter

7 The Conservation of the Mill Building, Refectory, and Cave Church Michael Jones Jones, Michael

8 Conservation of the Wall Paintings in the Church of St. Paul Luigi De Cesaris De Cesaris, Luigi Alberto Sucato Sucato, Alberto William Lyster Lyster, William

9 The Medieval Paintings in the Cave Church, Phase One: Continuity Elizabeth S. Bolman Bolman, Elizabeth S.

10 The Medieval Paintings in theCave Church, Phase Two: Tradition and Transformation Elizabeth S. Bolman Bolman, Elizabeth S.

11 Reviving a Lost Tradition: The Eighteenth-Century Paintings in the Cave Church, Context and Iconography William Lyster Lyster, William

12 Reshaping a Lost Tradition: The Eighteenth-Century Paintings in the Cave Church, Style and Technique William Lyster Lyster, William

13 The Coptic and Arabic Inscriptions in the Cave Church Gawdat Gabra Gabra, Gawdat

Conclusion William Lyster Lyster, William

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