Robin Lane Fox, ‘Monks, Hermits and the Natural World, 300-650AD’, Saint Catherine Foundation Lecture, Royal Geographical Society, London, 28 November 2019
The holy men and hermits of late antiquity are distinctive features of early Christianity, often linked to its monasteries, including St Catherine’s of Sinai. This lecture considers the realities and textual representations of their relations with animals, landscapes, birds and plants. It contrasts the use and presentation of such items in pagan history, literature and philosophy.
Robin Lane Fox is Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford. His books include Pagans and Christians and Augustine: Conversions to Confessions, the 2016 Wolfson History Prize winner. His new book, on early Greek medicine, will be published in 2020.
The lecture will take place from 19:00 – 20:15 at the Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore, Kensington, London SW7 2AR.
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