International Symposium: “Christian Egypt and Syria at the dawn of the 7th century: Theological and Cultural Interactions”






Christian Egypt and Syria at the dawn of the 7th century:

Theological and Cultural Interactions

Thursday, 23 November 2017 | 18:00-21:00

Historical Archives, University of Athens

Skoufa 45, Athens 10672


The symposium is part of the research project by Dr. Nikos Kouremenos entitled «Towards the Formation of a Coptic Identity: Τhe Renaissance of Coptic Literature and the Entourage of Patriarch Damian (578-605)» funded by The Research Centre for the Humanities (RCH) for the year 2017.

Organizer: Dr. Nikos Kouremenos,




18:00 Opening – Greetings



18:20 Damian of Alexandria (578-605) and his Entourage: Coptic Literary Production between Theological Controversies and Cultural Neccesities. 

Nikos Kouremenos (Postdoctoral fellow, Research Centre for the Humanities, Athens)


Keynote lecture

18:45 New discoveries in Coptic and Copto-Arabic Literature: Rufus of Shotep and Constantine of Assiut: Constantine of Assiut on John of Lycopolis: a Life or an Encomium?

Mark Sheridan (Rector emeritus, Pontifical Athenaeum of St. Anselm, Rome) 



19:30 The perception of Egypt in Christian Middle East during the 6th and 7th centuries

Dimitrios Moschos (Associate Professor, Faculty of Theology, University of Athens)


19:50 Christian Nubia and Syria: Τracing the Εvidence

Alexandros Tsakos (Postdoctoral fellow, University of Bergen, Norway)


20:15 Discussion




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