University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Ethiopian Coptic Crosses [Object of the Day #21]


By: Amy Ellsworth

Saint Mark brought Christianity to Egypt during the reign of the Roman emperor Nero in the first century CE. Christianity spread throughout Egypt within half a century of Saint Mark’s arrival, and by 400 CE, Christianity flourished in both Egypt and Ethiopia. These early Christians became known as Copts, from the Greek name for Egyptians, […]

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