Hello and welcome to the History of the Copts Episode zero. Introduction. If you are a copt, listening, you know exactly who are the copts - if you are not, well, here's your formal introduction. The copts are ethno-religious group originating in Egypt that adheres to the miaphysite Oriental, Orthodox Christian faith. If you're wondering exactly what is a miaphysite or oriental belief. Stick around, there will be plenty of that to come. knowing who are the copts, the sort of important for the intellectually curious podcast listener
As the cops are the largest Christian group in the Middle East and show up quite periodically in the news with usually unfortunate events. Not to mention that in the last 50 years or so, there have been a significant migration pattern to North America, Europe and Australia. Forming a well …
Episode 1 - Not quite the beginning
Hello, and welcome to the History of the Copts, Episode 1. Not quite the beginning.
In the beginning, but wait? When is “THE” beginning, and I mean “THE” beginning, not just a beginning. You see, the Copts don’t have a traditional beginning, like the founding of Rome, or the American Revolution. Nope. We may as well start in 3100 BC, 5000 years ago, when the 1st Pharoh unified Egypt as a one country with a central government and that would be the closest thing to “The” beginning. But since I have no plans in doing that and there is a good Podcast already out there discussing Egypt from its founding to Cleopatra , I have to pick a sort of a convenient marker to start “The History of Copts”
My convenient marker is the death of Cleopatra and the …
Episode 2- Conquest 101
Hello, and welcome to the History of the Copts. Episode 2. Conquest 101.
Last time, we stopped with Augustus efforts to establish his control over Alexandria, and his management of Memphis religious establishment.
To get a full pictures of what I am about to talk about, I have posted a map on the podcast facebook page. It has the ancient names and the location of cities we will talk about. It will be helpful to you throughout the podcast, so keep it handy
Anyway, back to our story, Augustus started out by carving 3 cities and giving them a special status and privileges.
The 3 cities were Alexandria, as discussed in the prior episode, Naukritis in the Delta, and Ptolmaies-hermious in Upper Egypt.
Those cities were special because they were founded in a strictly Greek fashion, with a senate …
Episode 3 - The seed
Hello, and welcome to the history of the Copts. Episode 3. The Seed.
If you have been following in the last 2 episodes, you may be asking, where are the Copts?
Well, today, our story will take a marked turn
In the last 2 episodes, we saw what impact did the romans annexation have on the Egyptians, how society was transformed and divided, how it became wealthier, but more unequal and how - slowly and gradually, the Egyptian religious establishment were weakened, and no longer held much sway
With the religious establishment weakened, Hier-glo-lyphics, the written native language, was slowly dying, and the number of those who can read it or write it, dwindled everyday
The simplified secular versions of the hier-glo-lyphics, hier-atic and demotic were rendered obsolete, as the Romans used Greek and Latin, instead of the Ptolmy’s …
Episode 4 - 10 Popes
Hello, and welcome to the history of the Copts. Episode 4. 10 Popes.
Okay, so a quick note on my use of certain terms. First, I am calling the historical figures that the Coptic Church considers saints, saints – Why? Because that’s what I am used to, and it will sound awkward and wouldn’t be who I am, if I try otherwise
Second, I will be using the term “Pope” to describe the Coptic bishop of Alexandria, there is a strong historical case for the use of that term, and again, it’s the term I am most comfortable with.
When we get to Pope Heracales (Yarakles) in two episodes from now, I will talk more about that term
Ok, so now with this out of the way, we can go back to our story.