• Preserving the Divine: αuτο- Prefixed Generative Terms and the Untitled Treatise in the Bruce Codex

    Author(s):
    Ellen Muehlberger (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    Late Antiquity
    Subject(s):
    History, Ancient, Philosophy
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Bruce Codex, Ancient history, Religious studies
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M60P7P
    Abstract:
    In Greek literature from antiquity, there is a set of terms formed from verbs of origina-tion or generation and prefixed with αὐτο-, which are represented primarily in three types of literature prior to the fifth century: in the surviving fragments from Numenius, in apologetic histories which incorporate oracular statements about first gods,and in the reports about and examples of Sethian literature. By considering the range of transliterated words in the Coptic Untitled Treatise based upon αὐτο-prefixed generative terms from Greek, we can discern several of the traditions that underlie this text’s multiple, often competing, narratives about the structure and population of the divine world. Many of those traditions are also recorded in apologetic histories, and comparison with these shows that the Untitled Treatise is an example of a different mode of historical writing, one which is preservationist rather than explicitly persuasive.
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