Late Antique Coptic Textiles, Secular and Sacred: Textiles from Karanis, Egypt at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Descriptions of Clothing in Coptic Monastic Texts
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This Senior Individualized Project consists of two parts: a museum internship completed at the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology in Ann Arbor, Michigan during the summer of 1998,.and a research project begun at the University of Michigan Graduate Library and completed at Kalamazoo College during the fall quarter of 1998. It is a two credit project: the internship was done for the Classics department and the research paper was written for the history department. I wanted to keep the topic of the paper in the general range of the focus of the internship, which brought me to late antique Egypt. As I have always been fascinated by early Christianity, I thus decided to focus on ecclesiastical vestments. This led me to read through early religious writings. As I was reading through monastic texts, I became fascinated by the references to clothing and the clothing imagery used in the monks' writings; the topic of my paper evolved into a consideration of the use of clothing imagery in the primary sources.