Lecture by Professor Sebastian Brock: 'Syriac Christianity as a cross roads of cultures'

Date and time

31 Jan 2017 17:00 to 18:30


The Allen and Overy Room, Pembroke College, OX1 1DW

Professor Sebastian Brock will deliver a lecture titled 'Syriac Christianity as a crossroads of cultures'. 

The lecture will take place in the Allen and Overy Room in Pembroke College, Oxford at 5pm-6.30pm on Tuesday 31st January. This event is free and open to the public and is part of the 'Eastern Christianity: Historical, Literary & Cultural Heritage' lecture seminar series, which occurs every Tuesday at 5pm during Hilary Term 2017.

For further details please email Dr Hratch Tchilingirian or Professor Theo Van Lint.

About the speaker

Sebastian Paul Brock (born 1938, London) is generally acknowledged as the foremost academic in the field of Syriac studies today. He is a former Reader in Syriac Studies at the University of Oxford's Oriental Institute and currently a Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College.

Sebastian Brock completed his BA degree at the University of Cambridge, and a DPhil at Oxford. He is the recipient of a number of honorary doctorates and has been awarded the Medal of Saint Ephrem the Syrian by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch and the Leverhulme prize and medal of the British Academy, of which he is a Fellow. He is a widely published author on Syriac topics.

His research is mainly focused on Syriac literature during its most creative period, 4th-7th cent. AD, though as a co-editor of the Gorgias Encyclopaedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (2011), his academic concerns embrace anything to do with the Syriac tradition.

Among areas that are of more particular interest to him are translations from Greek into Syriac (and the reverse), Syriac representatives of the ancient Mesopotamian genre of dialogue and dispute poems, working with manuscripts and editing unpublished texts.

About the series

Multi-ethnic Christian communities are amongst the most ancient natives in the Middle East and the wider West Asia region. Four of the five most important hierarchical centres in Christianity are in this region, whose roots go back two millennia. While small in numbers relative to global Christianity, these communities have deep historical roots and rich literary and cultural heritage. The lecture seminars will highlight the various aspects of this rich history and heritage. These lectures are a continuation of the series on contemporary Eastern Christianity held huring previous terms.

The conveners are: Dr Hratch Tchilingirian and Pembroke Fellow Professor Theo Maarten van Lint.