Narrations about miraculous interventions of St Menas are preserved in an extremely complicated cluster of miracle collections preserved in several languages and dozens of Mss. Although they could give a valuable glimpse at realities of pilgrimage and Apa Mena sanctuary, they were only rarely used in this purpose. In my presentation, I propose three steps. Firstly, I list and assess the sources and, taking under scrutiny the Coptic and Greek collections, I argue for the preference for the former. Secondly, I try to discover the rationale behind the composition of the collections and pinpoint them chronologically. Finally, I reconstruct the pilgrim’s itinerary as well as economic and organisational aspects of Apa Mena sanctuary.
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And the presentation here