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Episcopal Networks and Authority in Late Antique Egypt: Bishops of the Theban region at work

Renate Dekker defended her thesis on 7 November 2017.

Renate Dekker
07 November 2017
Leiden Repository

This PhD-dissertation examines the social networks of the bishops Abraham of Hermonthis (ca. 590-621) and Pesynthius of Koptos (599-632) and the nature of their authority, while they fulfilled their office. They represented a relatively new, anti-Chalcedonian church hierarchy, which became the forerunner of the present-day Coptic Orthodox Church.


  • prof. dr. O.E. Kaper
  • prof. dr. J. van der Vliet
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