Author Event: Charles Freeman on Early Christian Art

Charles Freeman, author of A New History of Early Christianity (out now in paperback) and Holy Bones, Holy Dust (forthcoming in April) is running a study day on Early Christian Art in central London on Monday, March 14th.

Charles Freeman is a popular historian and specialist on the ancient world. He is the author of two fascinating Yale books that discuss the impact and legacy of Christianity. In A New History of Christianity Freeman shows how our current debates about the religion are rooted in the many controversies surrounding its birth, and the earliest attempts to resolve them. Exploring a different side to the faith, Holy Bones, Holy Dust: How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe explores the idea that the pervasiveness and variety of relics answered very specific needs of ordinary people across a darkened Europe under threat of political upheavals, disease, and hellfire.

Charles Freeman’s Early Christian Art Day promises to be an illuminating and rewarding experience led by a true expert in his field. The day begins with coffee at the Linnean Society in Burlington House at 10:30am followed by two introductory lectures. Participants will regroup in the Victoria and Albert Museum in the afternoon where Charles will discuss the Museum’s fine collection of Christian ivories.

Tickets for the day (lunch not included) are £48 and places can be booked  through Ciceroni Travel at 01869 811167 or [email protected]

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  • July 15, 2011

    James Reid

    Dear Charles Freeman,

    I enjoyed The Closing of the Western Mind and recommended it to a friend who couldn’t put it down. My wife is reading it now. However, I noticed that the translation of Pindar’s Nemean Ode 6 on page 150, the translation of which is attributed to R. Buxton, is with the exception of one word (‘may’ for ‘will’), identical to Richmond Lattimore’s 1947 translation. I think that this nearly identical translation is unlikely in a passage of ancient Greek. I look forward to your New History of Early Christianity. I understand that you are probably too busy to reply, but I’d appreciate acknowledgement of receipt of this email.
    James Reid

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