City Barbecue Food for Thought series: Anna Komnene, Princess-Historian of the Byzantine Empire

Registration not required

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Cold Spring Branch

Description

Join us at the Cold Spring Branch as Professor Kathleen Quinn from the NKU History and Geography Department as she speaks of Anna Komnene.  Although many people have likely never heard of her, in her own lifetime the Byzantine princess Anna Komnene (AD 1083-1153) was a wife, mother, patroness of charities, savvy politician, and powerful intellectual. She was also the author of one of the greatest histories of the Medieval world: the Alexiad. In it, Komnene recounts the history of her family’s rise to power and the specific events of the civil wars and foreign conflicts that plagued her father’s reign. As a historian of the Medieval East with an eye for detail, description, and interesting characters, Komnene offers us the unique opportunity to consider events like the First Crusade from the perspective of Eastern, not Western, Christians. This talk will introduce Anna Komnene and her family, discuss her contributions to the field of history, and explore some of the fascinating historical events featured in the Alexiad.

Food provided by Highland Heights City Barbecue

Age range: 16+

Snacks provided

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Join us at the Cold Spring Branch as Professor Kathleen Quinn from the NKU History and Geography Department as she speaks of Anna Komnene.  Although many people have likely never heard of her, in her own lifetime the Byzantine princess Anna Komnene (AD 1083-1153) was a wife, mother, patroness of charities, savvy politician, and powerful intellectual. She was also the author of one of the greatest histories of the Medieval world: the Alexiad. In it, Komnene recounts the history of her family’s rise to power and the specific events of the civil wars and foreign conflicts that plagued her father’s reign. As a historian of the Medieval East with an eye for detail, description, and interesting characters, Komnene offers us the unique opportunity to consider events like the First Crusade from the perspective of Eastern, not Western, Christians. This talk will introduce Anna Komnene and her family, discuss her contributions to the field of history, and explore some of the fascinating historical events featured in the Alexiad.

Food provided by Highland Heights City Barbecue

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