“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

Bee Stories

In honour of National Insect Week: 18–24 June 2018. ‘King of Lower and Upper Egypt’; Karnak Whether it was for consumption, offerings to the gods, or for healing wounds, honey was important in ancient Egypt and so were bees. The honey bee is one of the earliest known hieroglyphs and was a symbol of kingship … More Bee Stories

An Angry Tax Man

Following the Arab conquest of Egypt in 641 CE (or Islamic conquest, it’s frequently referred to as both or either), a new tax was added to the growing list of impositions placed on the country’s population: the poll tax, payable by all non-Muslim adult males. For over two centuries after the conquest, the majority of … More An Angry Tax Man