A Coptic Grammar with Chrestomathy and Glossary: Sahidic by Bentley Layton

By Bentley Layton

This paintings by way of Bentley Layton is a newly revised, 3rd variation of the normal reference grammar of Coptic within the classical Sahidic dialect. in comparison to the former version, A Coptic Grammar comprises new additions and corrections, and keeps a whole index locorum of examples brought up within the grammar. Citations are the spine of any reference grammar, and this index supplies readers fast entry to a grammatical dialogue of approximately 3 thousand citations of classical Coptic. specifically noteworthy is the large use of citations from the distinguished Coptic stylist Shenoute of Atripe.

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In the 7th century, its great rival to the east was the Sassanian Empire, centred on Iran, which it had fought repeatedly. The armies of Rome had, like those of the Sassanian Empire, developed recruitment systems under which frontier peoples were often enlisted as auxiliaries or allies. A feature of eastern Roman armies in the early 5th century, however, was their increasing focus on internal recruitment. This did not guarantee loyalty, of course, as its people included Jews, Manichaeans and assorted 'pagans' who were widely distrusted by the majority of Roman Christians.

F o r s e v e r a l d e c a d e s d u r i n g t h e s e c o n d half o f t h e 7 t h c e n t u r y t h e A n s a r i y a h M o u n t a i n s , b e t w e e n t h e inland cities o f S y r i a a n d t h e M e d i t e r r a n e a n c o a s t , p r o v i d e d a r e f u g e f o r a p r o - B y z a n t i n e g u e r r i l l a m o v e m e n t . It t o o k several bitter campaigns and a great deal o f m o n e y before U m a y y a d authority w a s recognised, and even in l a t e r c e n t u r i e s t h e A n s a r i y a h M o u n t a i n s r e m a i n e d a refuge for vulnerable minority communities.

In the 7th century, its great rival to the east was the Sassanian Empire, centred on Iran, which it had fought repeatedly. The armies of Rome had, like those of the Sassanian Empire, developed recruitment systems under which frontier peoples were often enlisted as auxiliaries or allies. A feature of eastern Roman armies in the early 5th century, however, was their increasing focus on internal recruitment. This did not guarantee loyalty, of course, as its people included Jews, Manichaeans and assorted 'pagans' who were widely distrusted by the majority of Roman Christians.

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