Department of Religious Studies

Philo of Alexandria and the Jewish Appropriation of Greek Myth

Guest lecture by Prof. Erich Gruen of UC Berkeley

Tue, March 26, 2019 | BUR 214

5:00 PM

We are very pleased to announce that Prof. Erich Gruen of UC Berkeley will be here during the week after Spring Break, and will lecture on Tues., March 26 at 5pm in BUR 214. His topic is "Philo of Alexandria and the Jewish Appropriation of Greek Myth."   

The Jewish philosopher Philo, was one of the most prolific writers and thinkers of the first half of the 1st century CE. He was from one of the most prominent Jewish families of Alexandria and led a delegation to the Emperor Claudius in 41 to protest atrocities perpetrated against the Jewish community. He is perhaps best know for his defense of Jewish scripture and tradition in apologetic works, such as his Life of Moses, and by means of extensive allegorical interpretations.  At the same time, he also incorporates elements of Greek mythology and Platonic philosophy into his expositions, and this will be the subject of  Prof. Gruen's lecture.  

Erich Gruen is the Gladys R. Wood Professor of Classics & History, Emeritus at UC Berkeley.  He is the author of numerous books on Roman history and statecraft, on ethnicity and cultural identity in Antiquity, and several notable books on Diaspora Judaism in the Greco-Roman world.  His most recent book is The Construct of Identity in Hellenistic Judaism (Walter de Gruyter, 2018).

In collaboration with the Departments of Classics and Middle Eastern Studies, the Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies. 

Sponsored by: The Institute for the Study of Antiquity & Christian Origins and the Department of Religious Studies.

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