ANASTASIUS, Abbot. Anastasius is said to have been the abbot of a Pachomian monastery, probably that of PBOW. His period is not indicated, but he is the author of several stories, one of which, relating to the adventures of a Nubian prince, Qafri, has been retained in the recension of the Copto-Arabic SYNAXARION of the Copts from Upper Egypt. The name Qafri may be a play on words, as Crum points out, for this word is related to the Arabic qafr (desert) and describes an anchorite. Using a Nubian invasion for cover, the prince reached the village of Abnud, which is near Qift (Ramzi, 1953-1963, Vol. 2, pt. 4, p. 174)—and became a monk in a monastery of Pachomius. This story will be found in the European editions of the Synaxarion, either that of Basset (1907, pp. 514-16) or that of Forget (1905-1922, Vols. 47-49, pp. 353-55). Two other stories of Athanasius have been published by Crum (1932).
Such episodes recall for us a historical event, the Nubian invasion, which would otherwise pass unnoticed. At the same time, they allow us to date Athanasius before the Islamic conquest.
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