Red Monastery Video at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

From March 14-July 8, 2012, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting a special exhibition, “Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition.”  The exhibition has a strong online presence, including an extraordinary video of the Red Monastery, one of the best-preserved examples of Late Antique church architecture, especially noted for its vibrantly colored paintings. Continue reading

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Bibliography on the History of Monasticism in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

This is a growing bibliography (5,768 entries as of May 2012), of fundamental importance to the field.  Although it is not yet comprehensive, it is distinguished by its scope: Greek, Latin, Syriac, and Coptic monasticism are all covered; and early medieval monasticism, the study of which is usually inexplicably separate from its Late Antique past, is equally well represented, at any rate for the Latin West. Continue reading

Evagrius Ponticus

This site is maintained by Joel Kalvesmaki of Dumbarton Oaks; it includes a number of resources on the pivotal Egyptian monastic theorist Evagrius of Pontus.  The periodically updated bibliography now has 578 entries, which can be searched by keyword or sorted by year of publication, publication type, and author; online links are provided when available. Continue reading

Alin Suciu on Coptic Literature and Codicology

This extraordinary site includes updates on Alin Suciu’s manuscript studies, mostly of homiletic, apocryphal, and ascetic literature; occasional guest posts by other scholars on their ongoing research; and an excellent collection of out-of-copyright Coptic editions and monographs. Continue reading