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THE COPTIC AGPIYA (PRAYER BOOK) FROM AROUND THE 15TH CENTURY AT THE PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY, OREGON

April 2, 2016

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The Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon, United States, has in its possession a Coptic Agpiya (Prayer Book) manuscript/book from the 15th century or after. It is in Coptic and Arabic script and studded with colourful Coptic decorations and paintings of three warrior saints, St. George, St, Theodore the Eastern, and St. Mercurius.

Professor Anne McClanan, the medieval art historian at Portland State University, teaches on this beautiful manuscript book, and has online page describing the book and the paintings (written by Bronwyn Dorhofer and Denise Loncar, two of the Medieval Portland Capstone Students). You can access it here.

The paintings of St. George and St. Theodore the Eastern are produced below:

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Theodore the eastern with Emperor Diocletian beaten

 

An educational video is also attached:

 

 

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