David N. Freedman Lecture: "The Crowd and the Self in the Ancient Mediterranean."


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  • Speaker: Arkady Kovelman, Professor and Head of Judaic Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Host Department: Near Eastern Studies
  • Date: 01/27/2014
  • Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM

  • Location: 2022 Thayer Building, Co-Sponsored by Near Eastern Studies, Classical Studies, and Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Reception to Follow.

  • Kovelman Jan 27th
  • Description:

    This lecture will examine the rise of “philosophers” and
    their “crowd” in antiquity, and the subsequent development
    of popular philosophy as a wide ranging phenomenon
    that brought together scholars and elites of cities and
    towns alike. This major development in Greco-Roman culture
    appeared almost simultaneously with that of a Jewish
    one. Jesus’ drama unfolded through incessant interplay
    with a crowd and a bit later, the Rabbis too addressed
    themselves to the same wide audience, to the crowds.
    The lecture will compare and contrast the situation in
    Jewish circles to that of the wider Roman world.

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