You are cordially invited to a seminar titled “Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe” organized by the Department of History.
Time: 18.00 (Ankara Time Zone)
Title: Ravenna: Capital of Empire, Crucible of Europe
Speaker: Judith Herrin
In her seminar Judith Herrin explains how scholars, lawyers, doctors, craftsmen, cosmologists, and religious luminaries were drawn to Ravenna where they created a cultural and political capital that dominated northern Italy and the Adriatic. As she traces the lives of Ravenna’s rulers, chroniclers and inhabitants, Herrin shows how the city became the meeting place of Greek, Latin, Christian and barbarian cultures and the pivot between East and West. The seminar offers a fresh account of the waning of Rome, the Gothic and Lombard invasions, the rise of Islam and the devastating divisions within Christianity. It argues that the fifth to eighth centuries should not be perceived as a time of decline from antiquity but rather, thanks to Byzantium, as one of great creativity – the period of ‘Early Christendom’. These were the formative centuries of Europe.
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