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Upcoming lecture: Animal metaphors in sources from the Age of Christianization in Central Europe

CEU Medieval Studies Department CEU - Monument Building, Gellner Room Budapest, Nádor u. 9 Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm The Christianization Age in Central Europe is a milieu of continuous encounter among peoples from different cultural and ethnical environments and of efforts from the Christian side to evangelize and extend the… Continue reading Upcoming lecture: Animal metaphors in sources from the Age of Christianization in Central Europe

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Eastern Christianity · news · public lecture

Upcoming lecture: The poet-patriarch Abdisho of Gazarta (d.1570) and the Church of the East in schism, by Lucy Parker (University of Oxford)

Upcoming lecture at the Medieval Studies Department: The poet-patriarch Abdisho of Gazarta (d.1570) and the Church of the East in schism, by Lucy Parker (University of Oxford) Wednesday, January 31, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm   CEU - Nador u. 9, Monument Building, Gellner Room   The year 1552 witnessed a schism within one of… Continue reading Upcoming lecture: The poet-patriarch Abdisho of Gazarta (d.1570) and the Church of the East in schism, by Lucy Parker (University of Oxford)

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Statues of wild men: the medieval equivalent of some popular figurine of modern times?

Recently a medieval treasure was unearthed in England.  It's a figurine of a wild man, brandishing a club and a set of powerful beard hairs. Check the link:  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-suffolk-35050026 What is strange is that such figurines were common in the Middle Ages if the art historians and archaeologists can be believed.   A very common… Continue reading Statues of wild men: the medieval equivalent of some popular figurine of modern times?

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CEU Medieval Studies Faculty Research Seminar: Knowledge Unlimited: Intellectual Curiosity and Innovation in Byzantium

Faculty Research Seminar: Knowledge Unlimited: Intellectual Curiosity and Innovation in Byzantium  Date:  Monday, November 23, 2015 - 5:30pm Byzantine epistemic discourse inherited the Peripatetic premise according to which the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake was in accordance with human nature. It also appropriated, however, the Stoic, and later Christian, concern with the intensification and… Continue reading CEU Medieval Studies Faculty Research Seminar: Knowledge Unlimited: Intellectual Curiosity and Innovation in Byzantium

article · Media · medieval · news · television

Long live the Middle Ages – on TV, medieval themed shows hold sway.

This won't come as a surprise to many of you, but the attached article points out that medieval themed shows are lately dominating the airwaves.  Whether it is the show "Vikings" which uses real ships instead of CGI, or the Borgias which came out a few years back, or the Game of Thrones which is… Continue reading Long live the Middle Ages – on TV, medieval themed shows hold sway.

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Witches’ costumes resemble those of medieval beer-makers! BURN THEM!!!

With a typical ghastly Halloween fast approaching, undoubtedly many of our noble listeners are contemplating getting plastered in a public house and acting like a ergot-possessed French villager of the 16th century.  Oh sure, when you were a youngster, this was not your wont.  Rather you'd dress up as a witch or a pirate, or… Continue reading Witches’ costumes resemble those of medieval beer-makers! BURN THEM!!!

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Alas, the Mona Lisa… I knew her, Horatio!

Some researchers in Italy are excitedly announcing that they may have, at last, found the bones of the real life Mona Lisa who posed for Leonardo da Vinci back in the 1500s. They found some fragments in a convent where she is thought to have retired after a brilliant career of sitting around, smiling in… Continue reading Alas, the Mona Lisa… I knew her, Horatio!