History, Philosophy, Religious studies

Course date

19 July - 30 July, 2004
Application deadline:
15 February, 2004
Course Director(s): 

Peter Brown

Princeton University, History , Princeton, United States of America

Gyorgy Gereby

Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary

Istvan Perczel

Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Course Faculty: 

Cristina d'Ancona

University of Padua, Humanities, Philosophy , Padua, Italy

Aziz Al-Azmeh

Central European University, Humanities Center, Budapest, Hungary

Glen Bowersock

Institute for Advanced Study, School of Historical Studies, Princeton, United States of America

Sebastian Brock

Oriental Institute, Oriel College, Oxford University, United Kingdom

Averil Cameron

Oxford University, Keble College, Oxford, United Kingdom

Garth Fowden

National Hellenic Research Foundation, Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity, Athens, Greece

Robert Markus

University of Nottingham, Institute of Medieval Studies, Nottingham, United Kingdom

Marianne Saghy

Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary
Late Antique thought has 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 is the idea of the Christian Roman Empire as an earthly reverberation of God’s monarchy in Heaven and also as the Katekhon, "Retainer" of the Antichrist, the cult of the saints, the birth of monasticism, Gnosis as a lasting underground current of European and Middle Eastern culture, and Manichaeism as a peripheral and persecuted intellectual current (not to say religion), but one which even contrapunctually (through Saint Augustine, for example) influenced our world.
Special application deadline
Applications for partial or full scholarship packages must be received by the CEU Summer University Office no later than February 9, 2004.
Class size is limited to 30 places maximum. There are altogether fifteen tuition waivers available (scholarship packages included) on a competitive basis. Requests for tuition waivers will be accepted no later than February 27. Applications by fee-paying participants will be considered until all course places have been filled, but no later than May 7.