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E07009: Coptic Encomion on *Antony ( 'the Great', monk of Egypt, ob. 356, S00098) from the monastery of the Archangel Michael near Hamuli in the Fayum, attributed to John, bishop of Shmun/Hermopolis (Middle Egypt), written in the late 6th/early 7th century. Skeleton entry

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Evidence ID


Saint Name

Antony, 'the Great', monk of Egypt, ob. 356 : S00098

Type of Evidence

Literary - Hagiographical - Lives


  • Coptic

Evidence not before


Evidence not after


Activity not before


Activity not after


Place of Evidence - Region

Egypt and Cyrenaica

Place of Evidence - City, village, etc


Place of evidence - City name in other Language(s)

Hermopolis Hermopolis ϣⲙⲟⲩⲛ Ashmunein Hermopolis

Cult activities - Non Liturgical Practices and Customs

Composing and translating saint-related texts


The parchment codex M 583 with the Encomion on Antony by John of Hermopolis comes from the monastery of the Archangel Michael near Hamuli in the Fayum and now belongs to the Pierpont Morgan Library in New York. The colophon dates the production of this manuscript to the year AD 822–823. For details see T. Orlandi, Corpus dei Manoscritti Copti Letterari online at


Text and translation: Garitte, G., "Panégyrique de saint Antoine par Jean, évêque d’Hermopolis," Orientalia Christiana Periodica 9 (1943), 100–134 and 330–365. Mentioned in: Emmel, S., "Coptic literature in the Byzantine and early Islamic world," in: R. Bagnall (ed.), Egypt in the Byzantine World, 300–700 (Cambridge, 2007), 83–102, p. 95.

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