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September 27, 2015

The Alexandrian Church

Ewa Wipszycka (or Ewa Maria Wipszycka-Bravo, in full) is a professor of history at the University of Warsaw; and she specializes in the history of Egypt, the Greeks and Christianity. Her academic work is huge as one can see from the link provided.

Recently, she has published The Alexandrian Church. People and Institutions (Warsaw, 2015)[1] The rich contents of the book are to be found here.

Wipszycka writes in her preface to the book:

My intellectual adventure with the history of the Church began with research on ecclesiastical economy, incomes and the manner of their administration, expenditures, and the material status of the clergy. The choice of these subjects was absolutely natural to me, since my academic education had provided me with a solid background for tackling such issues; I had also learnt much while preparing my doctoral dissertation on the textile industry of Roman Egypt. In spite of having enough reasons to find the results of my previous research satisfactory, I did not want to explore the subject any farther. It was late antique Egypt that captivated me.

I have not read the book yet, but it seems promising.

[1] Hard cover, 490 pages (Price: 93 EUR).

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