July 30, 2010
History professor presents Coptic studies paper
Dr. Monica Bontty, an assistant professor of history at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, presented a paper at a Coptic studies conference in July.
Her paper, which examined how the spread of ideas over long distances impacts culture, was presented at the 12th annual University of California Los Angeles–St. Shenouda Conference of Coptic Studies, held at UCLA on Friday, July 16.
Copt was a common term for Egyptian people during the Late Antique Period (300-600 A.D.), according to Bontty, though it currently concerns the Christian population of Egypt as opposed to the Muslim population.
St. Anthony and St. Pachomius were early founders of monasticism in Egypt, said Bontty. Later, Shenouda combined St. Anthony's brand of monasticism with that of St. Pachomius at the famous White Monastery in the desert of Egypt.
Bontty is conversant in all stages of the ancient Egyptian language and has published various articles dealing with philology, Coptology as well as Celtic-Coptic interactions.