2010 Cyprus Research Fund Lecture: Setting the Stage for St. Paul’s Corinth
This year’s Cyprus Research Fund Lecture will feature Prof. David K. Pettegrew of Messiah College. David is not only a long time collaborator with my in both Greece and Cyprus, but also regarded as one of the foremost scholars on Late Roman Corinth. His talk will focus on over a decade of archaeological and historical research on the Isthmus of Corinth. We hope he’ll let us podcast his talk so that anyone, anywhere can listen to him!
Here’s a description of his talk:
Corinth has come down in history as the quintessential maritime city that became powerful and wealthy by capitalizing on the movement of commercial goods and peoples across a narrow isthmus at the center of Greece. The connecting isthmus also allegedly made Corinth politically unstable, corrupt in morals, and exceptionally depraved. As St. Paul’s letters show, Corinth was a Christian community with problems.
Why was Corinth so consistently associated with travel, trade, and wealth in ancient thought? And how did a land bridge facilitate commerce and traffic and contribute to the city’s development in the Roman era?
In this lecture, David Pettegrew considers what the ancient texts and material evidence suggest about travel and commerce across the Isthmus and its effects on the maritime character of the city in the first and second centuries AD.
The talk is Thursday, October 21st in the East Asia Room of the Chester Fritz Library. There’ll be a small reception after the talk.