STaR Seminar: Romanos the Melodist at Easter: Mary Magdalen’s Surprise and Joy in a Hymn On the Resurrection

Wednesday, 22 February 2017, 5.30pm-7.00pm
Prof Derek Krueger

STaR Seminar for Theology and Religious Studies

Venue: Lecture Theatre H235, Building H, Caulfield.

Hosted by Prof Constant Mews and Dr. Aydogan Kars, Centre for Religious Studies, School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies, Monash University
RSVP: John D’Alton –

Abstract: In his most important hymn On the Resurrection, likely composed for the Easter Vigil, the great sixth-century liturgical poet Romanos the Melodist charted the emotions of various biblical characters as they experienced and expressed expectation, discovery, surprise, and disbelief. The biblical narratives about the discovery of Christ’s empty tomb and the appearance of the risen Lord provided a theater to explore this emotional complexity, embodied most acutely in the character of Mary Magdalene. Romanos’s Easter is not simply an occasion of unadulterated joy but rather a tumultuous drama of great emotional range.

 Bio: Derek Krueger is the Joe Rosenthal Excellence Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.  After growing up in Southern California, he received his AB from Amherst College in 1985 and his PhD from Princeton University in 1991.  He has taught at UNCG since then and served as Department Head from 2004 to 2010.  He has written on a variety of subjects in late antique and Byzantine cultural and religious history, including hagiography, hymns, liturgy, monasticism, Christian material and visual culture, the everyday religion of lay Christians and the reception of the Bible. He is the author of three monographs: Symeon the Holy Fool: Leontius’s Life and the Late Antique City (University of California Press, 1996); Writing and Holiness: The Practice of Authorship in the Early Christian East (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004); and Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014).

He is a guest of the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies

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