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Shenoute of Atripe and the Uses of Poverty: Rural Patronage, Religious Conflict, and Monasticism in Late Antique Egypt

Ariel G. López


This book studies the public life of an extraordinary Egyptian monk, Shenoute of Atripe, and the discourse on poverty that he put forward to promote and legitimize his active role in society. Shenoute was not only the abbot of a large monastic federation in southern Egypt but also a holy man with supraregional influence. His rise to public prominence is intimately linked to his energetic development of the care of the poor at his monastery. Many of the distinctive concerns of late antiquity—rural patronage, religious intolerance, the role of the state, gift giving—can be traced in his writings ... More

Keywords: Shenoute of Atripe, care of the poor, monasticism, Egypt, late antiquity, religious conflict, rural patronage

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780520274839
Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2014 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520274839.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ariel G. López, author