Talk: Nicholas Marinides, "From the Holy Mountain: Anastasius of Sinai, Byzantine Lay Piety, and the Rise of Islam"
The abundant writings of Anastasius of Sinai are among the most important sources for the Byzantine world in the late seventh century AD. Recent philological work has established his corpus and his biography securely, but as yet there has been little historical work to present and synthesize his thought. One of the most remarkable characteristics of that thought is his extensive and sympathetic handling of the concerns of laypeople. This lecture, stemming from a larger study of lay piety in seventh-century Byzantium, will show how Anastasius adapted his monastic training on Mt Sinai to the circumstances of orthodox Chalcedonian Christians living in the Egypt, Palestine, and Syria. The spiritual and material challenges that they faced were conditioned by the fact of living under the new Islamic empire. Hence Anastasius' writings are an important window into the religious and social effects of the transition from Byzantine to Islamic rule in the Near East.
Location: Scheide Caldwell House, Room 103
Date/Time: 02/24/14 at 4:30 pm - 02/24/14 at 6:00 pm
Category: Informal Talk
Department: Department of History