Figure 1: The Mummy of Artemidorus, AD 100-120 (In the British Museum).
The Life of Bishop Pisentius is very important in many ways not least because it sheds some light on what Copts of the Classic Period, at least, thought of death and afterlife. Saint Pisentius (548 – 632 AD) was selected bishop of Coptos, in deep Upper Egypt, in AD 599, and remained bishop there until his death.The Life of Bishop Pisentius is written in the 7th Century by his disciple, John the Elder, but there are other recensions where one finds the names of Moses and Tawudoros (Theodore) as authors too. We have it in Coptic Sahidic, Coptic Bohairic (Memphitic), Arabic and Ethiopic versions; and some of these were published in English:
– The Sahidic version: This was translated in 1913 by E. A. Wallis Budge in his Coptic…
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