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David N. Freedman Lecture: "The Crowd and the Self in the Ancient Mediterranean."

Monday, January 27, 2014
5:00 AM
2022 Thayer Building, Co-Sponsored by Near Eastern Studies, Classical Studies, and Frankel Center for Judaic Studies. Reception to Follow.

This lecture will examine the rise of “philosophers” and
their “crowd” in antiquity, and the subsequent development
of popular philosophy as a wide ranging phenomenon
that brought together scholars and elites of cities and
towns alike. This major development in Greco-Roman culture
appeared almost simultaneously with that of a Jewish
one. Jesus’ drama unfolded through incessant interplay
with a crowd and a bit later, the Rabbis too addressed
themselves to the same wide audience, to the crowds.
The lecture will compare and contrast the situation in
Jewish circles to that of the wider Roman world.

Arkady Kovelman, Professor and Head of Judaic Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University