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Shenoute of Atripe
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Shenoute of Atripe (“the Great”; c. 347–c. 465 CE) led a federation of three monasteries in the area of Atripe, a village on the west bank of the Nile, across from the city of Panopolis (modern Akhmim). Shenoute is the most important native writer in the Coptic language, producing numerous theological, homiletic, and disciplinary works throughout his long career as a monastic administrator (archimandrite), and was known in Egypt as an advocate for the poor and a critic of alleged pagan and heretical opponents.


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Crislip, A., “Shenoute of Atripe”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 07 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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