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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Ariel G. Lopez, Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty

Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty Rural Patronage, Religious Conflict, and Monasticism in Late Antique 
University of California Press
Egypt Ariel G. Lopez (Author) 

 Shenoute of Atripe: stern abbot, loquacious preacher, patron of the poor and scourge of pagans in fifth-century Egypt. This book studies his numerous Coptic writings and finds them to be the most important literary source for the study of society, economy and religion in late antique Egypt. The issues and concerns Shenoute grappled with on a daily basis, Ariel Lopez argues, were not local problems, unique to one small corner of the ancient world. Rather, they are crucial to interpreting late antiquity as a historical period—rural patronage, religious intolerance, the Christian care of the poor and the local impact of the late Roman state. His little known writings provide us not only with a rare opportunity to see the life of a holy man as he himself saw it, but also with a privileged window into his world. Lopez brings Shenoute to prominence as witness of and participant in the major transformations of his time. 

Preface Introduction: “Rustic Audacity” 
 1. Loyal Opposition 
 2. A Miraculous Economy 
 3. Rural Patronage: Holy and Unholy 
 4. The Limits of Intolerance Conclusion Appendix 
A: The Chronology of Shenoute’s Life and Activities 
 Appendix B: The Sources List of Abbreviations Notes Bibliography Index Hardcover, 254 pages ISBN: 9780520274839 
February 2013 
$75.00, £52.00