Anger, sorrow, joy, fear. Such emotions may seem natural and given, but in reality they are profoundly shaped by culture. This might be hard to imagine in the present, but history can help us see how emotions are learned over time.
As Christianity spread in late antiquity, the meaning of emotions—and the expectations about how to deal with them—shifted. Professor Georgia Frank will unpack some of this history in her lecture:
Re-educating the Emotions in Late Antiquity
“Emotions are important to adherents of a religion because, like the actions that they sometimes motivate, they are expressions of the moral and spiritual life enjoined by the religion.” (Robert Roberts, “Emotions in the Christian Tradition,” The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.)
Thursday, March 9
Education in Zion Theater
Joseph F. Smith Building
Brigham Young University
About Georgia Frank
Georgia Frank is a professor of religion at Colgate University. Her interests include ancient Christian pilgrimage, icons, relics, monasticism. She is author of The Memory of the Eyes: Pilgrims to Living Saints in Christian Late Antiquity (University of California Press, 2000).