Minnesota in Egypt

Events in Winter 2003:

Living for Eternity: Monasticism in Egypt

Exhibition and Symposium

Exhibition, January 15-March 13: Symposum March 6-9, 2003

Symposium speakers and abstracts
This link lists papers and abstracts available on line as of Dec. 2011.
For publication status, see link at bottom left

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".......we lift our heads in the air and raise our hands to heaven, yes, we lift up our feet." Clement of Alexandria describing Christian worship in the second century of our era.


at left, dancers: detail of textile in the Arca Artium collection of Saint John's University, Collegeville, Minn. By permission.





Life in Late Roman and Early Islamic Egypt,

catalogue of the exhibition has been published together with the papers from the symposium.

January 15 to March 12, 2003

Andersen Library,

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus.


This exhibition presented aspects of daily life in Egypt in the late Roman and early Islamic periods, roughly from the third to the tenth centuries of our era. It emphasized the interaction of cultural currents during that period, and the continuing effects of that interaction.

The objects included coins, papyri, ostraka, and ceramics from the University's collections; the Kacmarcik codex and a textile from St. John's University, Collegeville; various other objects, satellite photographs with graphic interpretations, and photographs illustrating monastic art and architecture.






Living for Eternity:

Monasticism in Egypt

March 6 to 9, 2003

March 7 to 8, Humphrey Institute,
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis Campus.

The papers have been edited for publication by Philip Sellew, Classical and Near Eastern Studies, University of Minnesota
see Table of Contents


The symposium opened Thursday. March 6 with a public lecture at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts by Karel Innemée, University of Leiden, Netherlands. He spoke on "Mural Paintings in Coptic Monasteries: Problems of Dating and Conservation."
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Friday, March 7,James Goehring, Mary Washington College, gave a public lecture on "The Ascetic Landscape as Cultural Discourse,"
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Sessions on Friday and Saturday brought scholars from a number of fields (see of speakers and abstracts).
For current situation, follow link at lower left.

On Sunday afternoon, the symposium closed with discussion and a short program of Coptic church music followed by a reception, all at the Weyerhauser Chapel of Macalester College.