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Lectures and Talks

AIA-Toledo Society Lecture: Prof. Elizabeth Bolman, The White Monastery Federation: Upper Egypt and the Early Byzantine World

Friday, Mar. 27, 2020 • 7:00 pm
Cost
Free
Location
Little Theater
Audience
Adults

The Egyptian monastic abbot Shenoute of Atripe (died AD 465) constructed one of the most significant churches of his day. He did not choose Constantinople or Alexandria as the site for his impressive building, but an arid location at the foot of a desert escarpment in Upper Egypt that is now colloquially called the White Monastery. A few decades after Shenoute’s death, the monks at the closely associated Red Monastery copied his enormous church on a smaller, but still monumental scale. The two monastic churches and their decoration draw on aristocratic and episcopal models as part of a performance of power, asserting the centrality of the ascetic life.