Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Coptic Egyptian Edition

Date: 27 October 2018

Location: Tiedekulma (Yliopistonkatu 4)

Presenters: Ivan Miroshnikov

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“The dry Egyptian sands preserved a great number of manuscripts written in Coptic, the vernacular language of the medieval Christian Egypt and the final developmental stage of Ancient Egypt. Alas, the Egyptologists of the past were too excited about the Egyptian texts of the pre-Christian era. Thus, for a long time Coptic has not been receiving the attention it deserves. Today Coptologists face the same challenge as the Classical philologists of the Renaissance: countless manuscripts are yet to be published before we would be able to reconstruct the genuine history of Coptic language, literature, and civilization. In this talk, I will tell the story of my encounters with the unpublished Coptic manuscripts and the joy of reading, studying, and editing them.”

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