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September 21 – 10:00 am
Odeion Lecture Hall, Building of Humanities
September 22 – 9:30 am
Belgian Academy, Via Omero 8

The International Conference on "The Coptic Book between the 6th and the 8th century: codicological features, places of production, intellectual trends" will be held in Rome, at Sapienza University and the Belgian Academy, on September 21-22.

The conference, which also serves as the kick-off meeting for ERC Advanced Grant 2015 Project "Paths-Tracking Papyrus and Parchment Paths:
 An Archaeological Atlas of Coptic Literature. Literary Texts in their Geographical Context: Production, Copying, Usage, Dissemination and Storage" (PAThs, Project number: 687567), will bring together Paola Buzi, Project Scientific Manager; Julian Bogdani, Nathan Carlig, Maria Chiara Giorda and Agostino Soldati, PAThs team members; and a range of scholars on Late Antique Egypt including: Gianfranco Agosti, Anne Boud’hors, Alberto Camplani, Federico Contardi, Renate Dekker, Ágnes Mihálykó, Elisabeth R. O’Connell, Tito Orlandi, Przemysław Piwowarczyk and Ewa Wipszycka, as well as Alessandro Bausi, Paul Canart, Lucio Del Corso and Marilena Maniaci.

The Director of the Sapienza Department of History, Cultures and Religions, Emanuela Prinzivalli, will open the conference.

Project PAThs, which is funded by by an ERC Advanced Grant 2015, aims to provide an in-depth diachronical understanding and effective representation of the geography of Coptic literary production and in particular of the corpus of literary writings, almost exclusively of religious nature, produced in Egypt between the 3rd and the 11th centuries in the Coptic language.