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The Summer University course "Changing Intellectual Landscapes in Late Antiquity," will be held 19 July to 30 July 2004 on the campus of Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, Hungary. Those who have attended a Curriculum Resource Center (CRC) session in the same calendar or academic year, or who have participated in two CEU faculty initiative activities within a four-year period, are not eligible to apply.

Peter Brown of Princeton University is directing the course with organizers Gyorgy Gereby, Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest and Istvan Perczel of CEU. The resource persons are: Cristina d'Ancona, University of Padova; Aziz Al-Azmeh, CEU; Glen Bowersock, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Princeton; Sebastian Brock, Oxford University; Averil Cameron, Warden, Keble College; Garth Fowden, Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, National Research Foundation, Athens; Robert Markus, University of Nottingham; and Mariann Saghy, CEU.

Abstract - Late Antique thought produced new intellectual phenomena and syntheses that influenced later developments both in Europe and the Middle East. In the present course, we will treat some of these which rank among the most important, such as the idea of the Christian Roman Empire as an earthly reflection, indeed reverberation, of God's monarchy in Heaven and also as the Katekhon "Retainer" of the Antichrist, the cult of saints, the birth of monasticism, and "ecumenical" Platonist philosophy, serving as conceptual background for all theological developments in the monotheistic religions and in late paganism.

The five class subjects are:
- The Christian Roman Empire
- The Cult of the Saints and of Holy Men
- Monasticism
- Platonism, Polytheism and Monotheism
- Pecs - The class will visit Pecs to view the Paleochristian painted catacombs that are not open to the public.

For course descriptions and application and fee information, please visit the CEU website:
Hurry, only limited slots remaining!

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