- January 25, 2020
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
The Closing and Reawakening of the Western Mind: Christianity in an age of transition, AD 250-750.
Charles Freeman (Independent Scholar).
at Sutton Hoo on Saturday 25th January 2020
This day will focus on some of the themes raised in my book, The Closing of the Western Mind: The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason, first published in 2003, but we will take the story on beyond the fall of the Roman empire. We shall consider the role of the Church in the reopening the western mind, which forms part of the subject of my next book, The Awakening, A History of the Western Mind, AD 500-1700 (due for publication, April 2020).
10.00 Site Opens (tea/coffee available on arrival)
10.30 – 11.25: Diversity and discussion in the early Church to AD 325.
11.25 – 11.50: Tea, coffee, & biscuits; orders for lunch.
11.50 – 12.45: The Emperors Constantine and Theodosius and Christian imperialism, AD 325-95.
12.45 – 14.00: Lunchtime.
14.00 – 14.50: The Church and Society in the fourth to sixth centuries. A tribute to the work of Peter Brown.
14.50 – 15.10: Tea, coffee, & biscuits.
15.10 – 16.00: The fall of the Roman empire and the role of the Church in preserving learning to AD 750.
16.00: Thanks and Farewell
About Charles Freeman
Charles Freeman is a Suffolk-based freelance historian with broad interests in the ancient world.. His published books include The Closing of the Western Mind (2002), A New History of Early Christianity (2009), and Holy Bones, Holy Dust, How Relics Shaped the History of Medieval Europe (2011). His Egypt, Greece and Rome is now in its third edition (2014) with Oxford University Press.
He is Historical Consultant to the Blue Guides series and has contributed to the historical introductions for the city of Rome.
He also runs study tours of the Mediterranean and has led several tours of Istanbul.
When asked ‘What was best about the day?’ at a previous Study Day by Charles people said:
- Charles is a riveting speaker! Very informative. Knowledgeable, clear, concise. A must for all people who are even slightly interested in the subject.The lecturer maintained our interest throughout the day.
- Never a dull moment.
- Excellent speaker
- First section set the scene – riveting
- Excellent speaker – so knowledgeable and interesting.
- Clear explanations of all topics
Some Suggestions for Optional Background Reading
Peter Brown, The World of Late Antiquity AD 150-750 (Thames & Hudson 1971).
Peter Brown, Through the Eye of the Needle, Wealth, the Fall of Rome and the Making of Christianity in the West 350-550 AD (Princeton University Press 2013).
Peter Brown, The Ransom of the Soul, Afterlife and Wealth in early Western Christianity (Harvard University Press 2015).
Charles Freeman, The Closing of the Western Mind, The Rise of Faith and the Fall of Reason, 2003, available in various formats.
Charles Freeman, AD 381, Heretics, Pagans and the Christian State, 2009,available in various formats.
Charles Freeman, The Awakening, A History of the Western Mind, AD 500-1700, Head of Zeus, London, forthcoming April 2020).
Venue: The Court, Sutton Hoo