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Welcome to The Coptist, a website dedicated to the Coptic language, history and culture.

My name is Ambrose Boles (ⲁⲙⲃⲣⲟⲥⲓⲟⲥ ⲡⲁⲩⲗⲟⲥ). I am a Copt by ethnicity and a medical doctor by profession with a deep interest in Coptic language, history and culture.

I have been studying and researching these topics for over two decades. I hold a Masters degree in Egyptology from Oxford University, where I acquired a solid foundation in Sahidic to add to my knowledge of the Bohairic dialect of Coptic. In addition, I received an introduction to Middle Egyptian and Late Egyptian as well as ancient Egyptian history, art and archaeology.

I have published some of my work on websites and blogs, such as ⲡⲓⲥⲁϧⲟ, copticsounds and a previous version of this website – the coptist. I have worked on numerous other projects, which remain mostly unpublished — hence the principal motivation for launching this website and blog.

On the blog, I plan to share some insights, opinion and resources. I aim to cover some ambitious and thorny topics, such as questions of how to standardise, promote and teach the Coptic language. I welcome open discussion and feedback on these difficult topics.

I am also developing larger projects that I plan to publish here in future, among others, on the grammar of Bohairic and the Coptic calendar.

Some of the content that I publish here will be original research, based on my own analysis and interpretation. Therefore, I kindly ask you to cite the relevant page and link back to it if you use my work. You will find a suggested citation at the bottom of every post or page.

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