Some duties and responsibilities of a bishop (?) in late antique Egypt

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We have a number of Greek papyrus documents from Egypt in the late third and early fourth centuries dealing with the activities of Sotas, Bishop of Oxyrhynchus. This paper argues that these papyri form a cohesive archive and give us an insight into the day to day functions of an Egyptian bishop at this time. They also allow us to discuss issues of literacy and written communication in the early Egyptian church and their importance to the communities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReligion and retributive logic
Subtitle of host publicationessays in honour of professor Garry W. Trompf
EditorsCarole M. Cusack, Christopher Hartney
Place of PublicationLeiden ; Boston
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9789004178809
Publication statusPublished - 2009

Publication series

NameStudies in the history of religions
ISSN (Print)0169-8834


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