Department of Ancient History - Coptic Studies at MQ

Coptic Studies at MQ

Coptology is the study of Coptic - the last phase of the Egyptian language - , and the literature, culture and religion of Egypt in the first millennium CE. Study of Coptic is crucial to a full understanding of the Egyptian language, Egypt forms an vital part of the early Christian world, and thousands of papyri from Roman and Late Antique Egypt document the history of the ancient world in a way not possible in other parts of the Roman empire. For these reasons, Coptic studies is both an important aspect of Egyptian, Early Christianity, and Roman studies, and  a significant subject in its own right.

Macquarie University is the ideal environment for Coptic Studies. The unique placing of First Millennium Egypt at the intersection of many fields is mirrored by the university's strengths in Egyptology, Late Antiquity, Greek papyrology, and Early Christian Studies. All these areas are represented in the teaching, research, and outreach programs of the Department of Ancient History and the Ancient Cultures Research Centre at Macquarie.

At Macquarie, Coptic Studies may be studied in a Bachelor of Ancient History or Bachelor of Arts, or in the Graduate Certificate of Ancient History (which can articulate into the Master of Ancient History degree). Training in these programs can lead to the Master of Research, which is a pathway to the PhD program. All Coptic studies units in the Bachelors of Ancient History or Arts, and the Graduate Certificate of Ancient History can be completed entirely online by students Australia-wide and international students.

At the centre of teaching and research in Coptic Studies here at Macquarie is the great age of Egyptian Christianity, with several units in Coptic language from beginning to advanced Coptic and thematic units on history, art and archaeology, and monasticism. Research projects examine the rise and development of monasticism Egypt, scribal practice in Coptic papyri, and the publication of monastic texts form Macquarie excavations in Western Thebes.


For more information contact:
Dr Malcolm Choat
Phone: +61 2 9850 7561


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From Egypt, AD 650-700 
MU2152 - Museum of Ancient Cultures
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