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"Bad Sources? Seeing the Middle Ages through Apostolic Hagiography"
"Bad Sources? Seeing the Middle Ages through Apostolic Hagiography"
WhenThursday, Apr. 13, 2017, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Campus locationCommunications Building (CMU)
Campus room226
Event typesAcademics, Lectures/Seminars, Special Events
Event sponsorsDepartment of History

Classics, Medieval, and Early Modern Studies Graduate Interest Cluster

The Simpson Center for the Humanities
Description

What can we learn about the past from sources long dismissed as worthless? Medieval legends recount a version of early Christian history starkly at odds with reality. They also repeat each other again and again. For these reasons, they have been branded as unreliable and unoriginal. But what happens if we take them seriously – not as sources for early Christian history, but as evidence of how medieval people constructed and used history? This talk explores the hidden value of these supposedly worthless sources.

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