The Ignoble Death of Heretics and the Ingressive Memory of Place in Christian Historiography
Muehlberger, Ellen - University of Michigan

2011-10-06 16:10:00
Ann Arbor, MI - University of Michigan - Tisch Hall Room 1014
Duration: 01:48:00

Ancient historians often narrated the deaths of their enemies in grisly terms. This lecture examines how Christian historiographers of the fourth and fifth centuries adopted this practice by tracing the development of the legend of Arius of Alexandria’s explosive demise. Once the legend entered Christian historical narrative, the location of Arius’s death was moved to ever more public places, thus writing a history of heresy over the Christian imperial cityscape of Constantinople. Professor Muehlberger uses this case to explore what she calls the ingressive memory of place: the rhetorical technique of investing an already established historical and monumental narrative with a novel story.

Introduction by Ron Suny, Director of the Eisenberg Institute for Historical Studies

 

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