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The Near East in the First Millenium: A Bird's Eye View

Oct 19 2016 4:30—6 p.m.
Classics 110
1010 E 59th St.
Chicago, IL 60637
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RĂ©mi Brague

Sorbonne, Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich

Cosponsored by the France Chicago Center and the Department of Near East Languages and Civilizations

The Near East of today is very much in the center of attention, for obvious political and military reasons. Yet, it is worth while to look at its past cultural history. It was for millennia the hub of the world's higher culture. It was especially fruitful in the Roman Empire and in the first centuries of Islam. Its influence on European culture was real. It is a duty for us all to recall this heritage and to try and save what is left of it.


Rémi Brague is Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Religious Philosophy at the Sorbonne and Romano Guardini Chair of Philosophy at the Ludwig Maximillian University of Munich. In 2012, he was awarded the Ratzinger Prize for Theology. He is author of numerous books on classical and medieval culture, religion, literature, and law, includingEccentric Culture: A Theory of Western Civilization and Law of God: The Philosophical History of an Idea.