The Coptic Synaxarium is the formal compilation o the lives of the martyrs, saints, and heroes of the Coptic church.
The Annals & The Histories, book 15. Author: Tacitus
Cornelius Tacitus chronicles the moral decline and rampant civil unrest in the Roman Empire. The Annals commence in a.d. 14, at the death of Augustus, recounting the reigns of Tiberius, Gaius (Caligula), Claudius, and Nero, and conclude in a.d. 68, the year of Nero’s suicide. The Histories document the tumultuous year a.d. 69, when Emperors Galba, Otho, and Vitellius all perished in quick succession, ushering in Vespasian’s ten-year reign.
The Coptic Encyclopedia Author: Aziz S. Atiya (editor)
An invaluable reference tool for Coptic Studies is The Coptic Encyclopedia. This monumental work, with approximately 2800 entries written by 215 scholars, covers treasures of Coptic language and literature; Copto-Arabic literature; Coptic art, architecture, archaeology, history, music, liturgy, theology, spirituality, monasticism; and biblical, apocryphal, social, and legal texts. The encyclopedia was the fruit of years of effort on the part of its Editor-in-Chief, Aziz S. Atiya (1898-1988, Distinguished Professor of History at the University of Utah), and its Principal Investigator, Lola Atiya (1917-2002, Doctor of Humane Letters). Recommended Read!
Manuscript, Society, and Belief in Early Christian Egypt Author: Colin. H Roberts
The origins and development of the Church in Egypt remain one of the vexed problems of early Christian history. In his Schweich Lectures, delivered in 1977, Dr C. H. Roberts examines the evidence of the Christian papyri discovered in Egypt to see what light they cast on the problems and how far they support statements in our ancient authorities or the theories of modern scholars. Among matters discussed are the influence of Judaism and whether Gnosticism was really as powerful in the first three centuries in Egypt as is sometimes thought; particular attention is paid to the historical significance in these early manuscripts of the nomina sacra, the abbreviations of the divine names.
Statius: Dio Cassius: Roman History, Volume IX, Books 71-80 Author: Dio Cassius
A primary source written by Dio Cassius (Cassius Dio). A high ranking Roman governor who is a very vital source for Roman history of the last years of the republic and the first four emperors.
The Chronicle of John, Bishop of Nikiu Author: John, Bishop of Nikiu
A primary source that witnessed the Arab and the Persian conquest of Egypt. Full of rich details and from the perspective of a Coptic bishop. Difficult, but highly recommended read. Recommended Read!
Alexandria in Late Antiquity: Topography and Social Conflict Author: Christopher Haas
This book explores the broad avenues and back alleys of Alexandria's neighborhoods, its suburbs and waterfront, and aspects of material culture that underlay Alexandrian social and intellectual life. Organizing his discussion around the city's religious and ethnic blocs―Jews, pagans, and Christians―he details the fiercely competitive nature of Alexandrian social dynamics.
Origen. Lectures in Patrology. The School of Alexandria, Book 2 Author: Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty
A comprehensive study of Origen and his theology by one of the leading Coptic theologians of the modern age. Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty. Recommended Read!
Coptic Biblical Texts in the Dialect of Upper Egypt Author: E. A. Wallis Budge (Editor)
Coptic versions of the Books of Deuteronomy, Jonah, and the Acts of the Apostles. The oldest known copy of any translation of any considerable portion of the Greek Bible.
The Roman Empire from Severus to Constantine Author: Pat Southern
A chronological history of the Roman Empire from the end of the second century to the beginning of the fourth emphasizing, the emergence and devastating activities of the Germanic tribes and the Persian Empire, and details the economic, military and social aspects of the third century 'crisis'.