Lecture: The Other Christians of the Late Medieval Mediterranean: Ethiopian Settlement and Exchange with Latin Europe, c. 1200-1550, 1st October 5:00pm (EST)

The Marco Institute of Medieval and Renaissance Studies (University of Tennessee, Knoxville) invites you to virtually attend the 17th annual Riggsby Lecture on Thursday, October 1 at 5:00pm EST. Samantha Kelly of Rutgers University will present, The Other Christians of the Late Medieval Mediterranean: Ethiopian Settlement and Exchange with Latin Europe, c. 1200-1550.

Ethiopian Christian settlements, which dotted the eastern Mediterranean from the twelfth century, became both a primary source of Latin Christian knowledge about Ethiopia and the springboard for a similar settlement in Rome around 1500. This talk explores the Mediterranean facet of Ethiopian Christianity in these centuries, both as a network for Ethiopian pilgrims and settlers and in the perception of many Latin Christians.

Samantha Kelly is a professor of history at Rutgers University. Her research examines relations between Europe and the Christian kingdom of Ethiopia in the pre-modern era.  She is the author of The ‘Cronaca di Partenope’: An Introduction to and Critical Edition of the First Vernacular History of Naples (2011) and The New Solomon: Robert of Anjou (1309-1343) and Fourteenth-Century Kingship (2003, winner of the Marraro Prize of the American Catholic Historical Association).

The Marco Institute is an internationally acclaimed center for the study of the history and culture of the period from roughly 300 to 1700 C.E. With its rich schedule of lectures, workshops, and symposia; multiple fellowship opportunities for faculty and graduate students; graduate certificate and Summer Latin Program; and undergraduate major and minor, the Institute pursues the research and teaching of the early periods at the highest levels. Thanks to the generous support of donors Stuart and Kate Riggsby, the Marco Institute was able to establish the annual Riggsby Lecture in 2004. This lecture series brings a prestigious scholar of the medieval Mediterranean to the University of Tennessee campus every fall to give a public talk on a medieval Mediterranean topic of the speaker’s choosing.

Registration is required. Please click here to receive the Zoom link.


Published by ameliahyde

Amelia Roché Hyde holds an MA from The Courtauld Institute of Art, where she studied cross-cultural artistic traditions of medieval Spain, taking an in-depth look at the context and role of Spanish ivories within sacred spaces. Her favorite medieval art objects are ones that are meant to be handled and touched, and she has researched ivories, textiles, and illuminated manuscripts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The British Museum. Amelia is the Research Assistant at The Met Cloisters.

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