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O'Connell, Elisabeth R.

Works: 7 works in 26 publications in 2 languages and 253 library holdings
Genres: History  Exhibition catalogs  Conference papers and proceedings  Academic theses 
Roles: Editor, Author
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Most widely held works by Elisabeth R O'Connell
Egypt : faith after the pharaohs by Cäcilia Fluck( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first millennium in Egypt saw a transition from an ancient pantheon of pagan gods to the one God of the three Abrahamic faiths. Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities were established in succession and peacefully co-existed for long periods of time periodically interrupted by conflict and violence, each faith responding to pre-existing traditions by either rejecting earlier artistic ideas or by adapting and assimilating them. Over 300 objects have been specially selected for this publication, drawing on the significant collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin and the British Museum and reflecting the rich cultural diversity of the Nile Valley from the first to the twelfth century AD. Through beautiful works of art, including jewellery, painted panels, textiles, sculpture, calligraphy, manuscripts, glass and ceramics, we gain a better understanding of the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people in this important period in Egyptian history. The book also reveals the different types of sacred buildings - synagogue, church, and mosque - and explains their architectural history and dissemination in Egypt
Egypt in the first millennium AD : perspectives from new fieldwork by Annual Egyptology Colloquium( Book )

10 editions published in 2014 in English and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume contains the proceedings of the twenty-first annual British Museum Egyptology Colloquium, which was the first in the series dedicated to post-pharaonic Egypt. The volume investigates continuity and change in the archaeological record in the First Millennium AD, focusing on the transitions to and from Late Antiquity (AD 250-800), when Egypt's population became Christian and, later, Islam was introduced. The fourteen contributors, representing the overlapping disciplines of Egyptology, Archaeology and Art History with specialisations in the pharaonic, Roman and Late Antique periods, present the results of new archaeological research at a range of sites currently under investigation. Seeking to identify trends and compare results, the volume is organised according to four major themes: 1) settlements, 2) cemeteries, 3) settling rock-cut tombs and quarries and 4) temple-church-mosque. Many of the contributions address adaptive reuse of earlier architecture, the recycling of earlier monuments as building material (i.e., spolia), or both.0.--Résumé de l'éditeur
Ein Gott : Abrahams Erben am Nil : Juden, Christen und Muslime in Ägypten von der Antike bis zum Mittelalter by Martin Bauschke( Book )

2 editions published in 2015 in German and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tombs for the living : monastic reuse of monumental funerary architecture in late antique Egypt by Elisabeth R O'Connell( )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The characterization of Egyptian monasticism as a desert movement arises primarily from the success of certain fourth century literary texts circulated outside of Egypt. Yet recent historical research has demonstrated a whole range of choices for ascetic dwelling in late antique Egypt, where men and women might practice their discipline in households in cities and towns, in abandoned villages, in the outer or inner desert. Archaeological (including papyrological, epigraphical and representational) sources evidence another widely practiced option, which has been surprisingly under-recognized by historians of early Christianity: the reuse of monumental funerary architecture for habitation. In this context, it is crucial to recognize that both Greek oros and Coptic toou can mean not only "mountain" and "desert," but also "cemetery" and "monastery." Thus, textual sources can easily mislead historians unaware of the archaeological context of a given "desert" monastery. Using a combination of archaeological sources together with literary texts transmitted through the manuscript tradition, I explore the practical and ideological motivations for monastic occupation of monumental funerary architecture in one geographically circumscribed region-Western Thebes. As the necropolis of ancient Egypt's great southern capital, Western Thebes provides an unparalleled corpus of archaeological material evidencing the establishment of churches, saints' shrines, monasteries and hermitages in adapted pharaonic tombs and mortuary temples. The contents of excavated Greek and Coptic documentary (e.g., legal texts, letters, magical/medical texts) and literary papyri (e.g., saints' Lives) allow multiple points of access to both the physical description and conceptual construction of the ancient Necropolis in Late Antiquity. Texts transmitted through the manuscript tradition record the Lives of saints said to have occupied the region and vividly depict ancient tombs (and their mummified inhabitants). My analysis demonstrates that perceptions might not always be fixed. In texts, the representation of the ancient Necropolis and its ascetic occupants might differ depending on subject, audience, occasion and circumstance. Nevertheless, even in the most "everyday" texts, authors recognized the Necropolis as a place apart from the mundane world; and, I argue, reusing the funerary monuments of the past conferred authority and status upon its Christian residents
Egypt : faith after the pharaohs( Book )

1 edition published in 2016 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Naga ed-Deir : a sixth century monastery in upper Egypt by Elisabeth R O'Connell( )

2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ostraca from Western Thebes: Provenance and History of the Collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and at Columbia University by Elisabeth R O'Connell( )

1 edition published in 1964 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Elisabeth R. O'Connell Amerikaans conservatrice

Elisabeth R. O'Connell US egyptologist, curator & historian

English (24)

German (2)