2019 Rumble Lecture | Classical Art History | Prof Jas’ Elsner

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The Centre of Hellenic Studies and Department of Classics at King’s College London, in collaboration with the Institute of Classical Studies, are delighted to announce the 2019 Rumble Fund Lecture in Classical Art:

PROF. JAS’ ELSNER
‘LOOKING EAST: EARLY CHRISTIAN ART OUTSIDE THE WORLD OF CHRISTIAN HEGEMONY’

WHEN: Wednesday 13 March 2019, 6:30pm
WHERE: Bush House Auditorium (30 Aldwych, London, WC2R 4BG)
There will be a reception after the lecture (in Bush House Arcade), to which all are also warmly invited.
REGISTRATION: Tickets are free, and all are welcome, but places are limited.

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The birth of Christianity – from a Jewish context, and in the Palestinian borderland between the Roman world and the East – is the great religious and art historical story of Western European culture. That story is almost universally presented as the spread of the religion to the West, above all to Rome: it was in Rome, following its promulgation by Constantine and subsequent Roman emperors, that Christianity came to achieve exclusive hegemony and artistic supremacy in the fourth and fifth centuries. By looking anew at the early history of Christian material culture, this lecture aims to rethink our standard Eurocentric narratives. In particular, it will explore aspects of visual and material culture where Christianity was not dominant within the state – from Sasanian Persia, for example, to Tang-Dynasty China.

For more information, please email michael.squire@kcl.ac.uk