Lecture: Monks, Hermits and the Natural World, 300-650AD

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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Lecture: Byzantium and Scotland

University of Edinburgh, 20 November 2019

The Inaugural Lecture by Professor Niels Gaul (University of Edinburgh) on ‘Byzantium and Scotland’ will be held in Lecture Theatre G03, 50, George Street, Edinburgh. The date and time are unchanged: Wednesday, 20th November, 2019 at 1715 hrs, followed by a Reception. This is a Public Lecture; all are welcome.

Lecture: Vaspurakan: The Making of a Mediaeval Armenian Kingdom, an illustrated talk by Dr. Zara Pogossian

Armenian House, London, 28 November 2019

AGBU London Lecture: This illustrated talk focuses on the 10th century Armenian Kingdom of Vaspurakan, founded by Gagik Artsruni, on the shores of Lake Van. Our speaker, Dr. Zara Pogossian, will discuss the historical background to the region before Gagik’s ascension, reflect on Vaspurakan’s cultural and religious traditions compared to other parts of Armenia, and make special reference to Vaspurakan’s close geographical links with northern Mesopotamia and Syriac Christianity. She will examine the manner in which Gagik Artsruni transformed Vaspurakan into a kingdom against the centralizing efforts of his Bagratuni cousins in the north of Armenia, a rivalry that led to the establishment of important centres of cultural production in Vaspurakan, such as palaces, churches and monasteries. Many of such centres were established by Gagik, who was celebrated as an indefatigable builder by the contemporary dynastic historian, Tovma Artsruni.

The talk will take place from 7:15-8:15 pm at Armenian House, 25 Cheniston Gardens, London W8 6TG.

Entrance is free, but spaces are limited. To RSVP, see https://www.facebook.com/events/916006458778742/<