2010-July 3 & November 27: ASTENE Study Days

In 2010 Study days were held at the University of Oxford’s Department of Continuing Education, Rewley House, Oxford.

The first Study Day – Near Eastern Monasteries and Western Travellers – was on Saturday, 3 July 2010, at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford.

Travellers from Western Europe to the Near East frequently visited monasteries. Many simply found them convenient places to stay. Others hoped they would discover manuscripts of both Biblical and Classical texts. What did they actually find? How were they received? What were the monks like and what was the state of the spiritual life? How did the travellers react to forms of Christian worship and theology different from their own?

Director of Studies: Professor Malcolm J Wagstaff

Contributors: Lucy Pollard, Dr Emma Loosley, Nicholas al-Jeloo, Dr Sebastian Brock, Dr Anthony O’Mahony

The second Study Day – Byron’s journeys to Greece – was held on Saturday, 27 November 2010, at Rewley House, 1 Wellington Square, Oxford.