Claudius Labib

Claudius Iohannes Labib (Coptic: ⲕⲗⲁⲩⲇⲓⲟⲥ ⲓⲱϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ ⲗⲁⲡⲓⲃ; 1868–1918) was a Coptic Egyptian Egyptologist. His family was known for copying church books. He used to accompany his father to the Al-Mouharak Monastery to learn Coptic with the monks. He was the youngest of three brothers, the eldest being Pahor and the middle being Tadros. Labib learned Egyptian hieroglyphs from the French Egyptologists and was the second modern Egyptian to learn this ancient language (the first was Ahmad Kamal and Ahmad Kamal is of Turkish origin). Claudius Labib is credited for making the first Coptic-Arabic Dictionary. He died before finishing it. Claudius Labib was the chief editor of "On" (Coptic: ⲱⲛ, Heliopolis)magazine which had articles written in Coptic. He also pioneered educational books for children named ⲁϧⲱⲙⲫⲁⲧ (Akhomphat).

Claudius Iohannes Labib
ⲕⲗⲁⲩⲇⲓⲟⲥ ⲓⲱϩⲁⲛⲛⲏⲥ ⲗⲁⲡⲓⲃ
Image of Labib from his "Lexicon of Egyptian language"
Born1868 (1868)
Meir, Upper Egypt
Died1918 (aged 49–50)
Other namesIqladiyus Labib
EducationPatriarchal School in Cairo
ChildrenPahor Labib
Scientific career
Academic advisorsArian G. Moftah

Claudius Labib was also responsible for editing a series of religious texts used by the Coptic Orthodox Church. The works were published at Cairo as follows: Katamãrus, 1900–02; Euchologion, 1904; Funeral Service, 1905.[1]


  1. ^ Mallon, Alexis (1907). Grammaire copte, avec bibliographie, chrestomathie et vocabulaire. Imprimerie catholique. p. 265. Retrieved 11 January 2014. Gladios Labib. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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