“If God saves him from death”: Donation of a boy to a Coptic monastery

On the 29 August 766 CE, a woman named Tachel daughter of Sophia from Luxor (ancient Apê) donated her son Athanasius to a local monastery, the monastery of Apa Phoibammon at Deir el-Bahri. “In this current 5thindiction year, an infant boy was born to me, the woman and free person Tachel, in his seventh month. … More “If God saves him from death”: Donation of a boy to a Coptic monastery

“… like he’s somebody …”: Runaway Slaves in Roman Egypt

At some point during the third century CE, a slave-owner wrote a notice of a runaway enslaved man. The tall, thin Egyptian man in his early thirties – a weaver by trade – had gone missing and a reward was out for his return. The description of him, given by his owners, is particularly unflattering: “[A reward … More “… like he’s somebody …”: Runaway Slaves in Roman Egypt

How to be Successful in Life (Fourth-Century Style)

*GUEST POST by Ágnes T. Mihálykó (see her bio here)   What did a young man in the fourth century CE wish from life? Not much different from what young men today might desire: professional success, favour with others, and, of course, women. His means of attaining his goals were, however, not that familiar to … More How to be Successful in Life (Fourth-Century Style)