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Everything Religious Studies Lecture Series

"Rustic Values, Urban Refinement: Countryside and city in Graeco-Roman and early Christian imaginaries"

Speaker: Dr. Ian Phillip Brown, SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dept of Gender, Religion, and Critical Studies

"Farming is good to think with." Please forgive the crass paraphrase of the over-used, and often improperly understood, statement of anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss, but when it comes to thinking with things, humans have thought with farming at least as much as we have thought with food. In the 21st century, farming is popularly associated with a rustic-near-forgotten virtue preserved and embodied by strong burly male farmers and their hetero nuclear families. These figures can be seen in country music videos, adds for trucks, and of course, adds for farming equipment. But this association of rustic-masculine virtue and farming is older than Ford and New Holland. We find these same sentiments in ancient Graeco-Roman texts, including writing produced by early Christians, where the romantic country-side is frequently used to condemn the vices and excess of the city. My talk will outline ancient literary representations of the rustic life, examining especially how rustic values were idealized and used to think about virtue and the good life in the first centuries CE.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021
2:00 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 970 4306 1185
Passcode: 849198

Everyone welcome!

For more information, please contact

Dr. Kevin Bond